Horticultural Growers’ Short Course

Lower Mainland Horticulture Improvement Association

The Lower Mainland Horticultural Improvement Association organizes the annual Horticultural Growers’ Short Course. Formed in 1958, LMHIA is a not-for-profit organization that provides educational programs for its members. The first Horticultural Growers’ Short Course was presented in 1958 and it has enjoyed partnership with the Pacific Agriculture Show since 1998. LMHIA is governed by a Board of Directors representing horticulture commodities, with assistance from contract personnel and from BC Ministry of Agriculture staff.

Funds raised from the Short Course registration/membership are primarily used to support agriculture research projects which benefit farmers/producers on the Lower Mainland. LMHIA also administers a members’ pesticide certificate re-certification program.

2023 Short Course Schedule (pdf)
2023 Short Course Program

Short Course Proceedings (PDF):

Commodity Group Representation

The Board of Directors consists of elected representatives from the main horticulture commodity groups of the Lower Mainland.

Commodity group
  • Agri-Business

  • Blueberry
  • Cannabis
  • Potato
  • Floriculture
  • Organic
  • Raspberry
  • Mushrooms
  • Strawberry
  • Vegetable
  • Farm Direct Marketing
  • Greenhouse
  • Hazelnuts
  • Hops
  • Agro Forestry
  • Farm Business Management

Thank You to our Presenting Partner

BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

The Horticultural Growers’ Short Course is presented together with BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries and the Pacific Agriculture Show.

Funding for the LMHIA Short Course is provided in part by the governments of Canada and British Columbia through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.