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Janet Thony

District 'A' Farmers' Institute
Qualicum Beach, BC

Janet has a life long connection to the art of food production, which began on a 10 acre diversified farm in Errington, in 1954. Under the tutelage of two grandfathers, who believed in the concepts inherent in “small holding” and possessed all the necessary skills that create self reliance, she learned animal husbandry, the natural symbiosis of raising both animals and produce, the magic contained in all seeds, the incomparable taste of fresh food from a home garden and the feeling of security gained from knowing that the pantry is always full.

Her early adult life was spent on a mixed beef, cereal and forage farm in Prince George, which included a mid-sized feedlot and butcher operation. Ranching in the Cariboo occupied her for the next twenty years, as owner/operator of Sunk Creek Ranch, a 100 head grass fed, holistic cow/calf outfit. Janet eased into retirement, back on Vancouver Island, building and running a mixed farm in Hilliers, that included dual purpose cattle and goats, chickens and mixed produce.

Retired now in Qualicum Beach, the backyard is still full of food. A life-long volunteer, advocate for farmers' needs, and promoter of the values of self reliance, she is currently: President of the Coombs Farmers' Institute, Chair of CFI Dog/Livestock Predation Committee, Chair of CFI Farmers Feed Families Committee, President of District 'A' Farmers' Institute (Regional), Member of the RDN Agriculture Advisory Committee, Member of the Parksville City Council Economic Development Working Group, Chair of 'CFI – Here We Grow', a two year pilot project, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture's new Grow Local BC Program, teaching self reliance through food growing and preservation and mentor to young and aspiring farmers.