Foodgrains harvests roll in

Photo by Marianne Curtis

This field of soybeans south of St. Pierre is the last of four grow projects within the region waiting to be harvested in support of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

By Marianne Curtis

Canadian Foodgrains projects in Landmark and St. Malo recently saw record harvests despite the unusually dry summer.

On August 10, the Landmark Foodgrains Project harvested 4,676 bushels of wheat for the Canadian Food Grains Bank. This made the community’s contribution an estimated $40,200 which is matched by the federal government at a rate of 4:1. As a result, Landmark grow project raised a total of $201,000 in food aid or enough food to feed a village of 300 for a year.

During the same week In St. Malo the Canadian Foodgrains Bank project called HOPE was also harvested. This project is made up of four fields located in the St. Malo area and extends just east of Morris. Volunteers finished harvesting the hard red spring wheat crop.

“We harvested about 15,000 bushels of top quality of wheat which was hauled to the elevator,” said spokesman Art Enns. “We had good participation, lots of people showed up, the weather was good, and it didn’t take long and we had it done.”

To date, three out of the regions four food grains project has been harvested. Last month the Niverville and District grow project harvested a record amount of winter wheat. The crop produced about $150,000 for the Foodgrains Bank—their biggest donation since starting in 2000. The HELP project south of St. Pierre is still waiting to be harvested.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries by increasing and deepening the involvement of Canadians, in an effort to end hunger.

Through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) a number of grain producers in the region donate portions of their crops, or planted specifically to support the program.

Nationally the CFGB has delivered $514,717,753 worth of programming and shipped 1,005,725 metric tonnes of food and seeds to 76 countries around the world.





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