March 2 Community Briefs: Seed swap, local arts fest, farmers’ donation tax credit

March 2 Community Briefs: Seed swap, local arts fest, farmers' donation tax credit

Seedy Saturday

A community seed swap and informational speakers will take place on March 5 at the Vanderhoof Public Library.

11 a.m. to noon:

Christine Adolph, local gardener speaks on saving seeds

12:30 to 1:30 p.m.:

Seed swap and seed catalogues (divide seeds into packets and label)

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:

Janice Atkins from Atkins Greenhouse speaks on starting and transplanting seeds


Upcoming local arts festival

The 38th annual Festival of the Performing Arts kicks off on March 7 at the NVSS Integris Community Theatre.

March 7, Speech Arts

March 11, Strings

March 14 to 16, Piano

March 14, 7:30 p.m. Interactive choral workshop for all by Dr. Stephen Smith

March 15, 7:30 p.m. “Breaking Bach”, Piano workshop about his Preludes and Fugues for all by Dr. Stephen Smith

March 20, 2:30 p.m. Spring Arts Gala Concert


Farmers’ donation tax credit

The Farmers’ Food Donation Tax credit is available to individuals and corporations that carry on the business of farming and donate a qualifying agricultural product to a registered charity.

The agricultural product may include meat products, eggs or dairy products, fish, seafood, fruits, vegetables, grains, pulses, herbs, honey, maple syrup, mushrooms, nuts or other produce that has been grown, raised or harvested on a farm in B.C.

The credit, available for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 tax years,  is worth 25% of the fair market value of the qualifying agricultural product and must be claimed in the same year that a charitable donation tax credit or deduction is claimed for the donation.


Education, B.C. grant

To be eligible for the B.C. Training and Education Savings grant, children must have been born in 2007 or later, and they must be resident in B.C., along with a parent or guardian. Families have three years to submit an application for the grant when their child becomes eligible.

As well, through Budget 2016, government is investing $39 million to extend the BCTESG to eligible children born in 2006. The families of these 40,000 additional eligible children will be able to apply for the grant later this year.