Har­vest help turns out for Cana­dian Food­grains Bank Lone Tree project

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - SCOTT AN­DER­SON SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Even with har­vest op­er­a­tions in full swing, a group of pro­duc­ers and agri­cul­ture busi­ness peo­ple pressed pause on their other pri­or­i­ties in or­der to help har­vest the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank Lone Tree Grow­ing Project just north of Swift Cur­rent.

The Lone Tree Grow­ing Project is one of four projects that op­er­ate in the South­west, with do­na­tions of land, in­puts, equip­ment, and chem­i­cal all con­tribut­ing to a suc­cess­ful har­vest each year.

Rick Block, who serves as the Re­gional Rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Saskatchewan along with his wife Jackie, con­tin­ues to be hum­bled by the ded­i­cated ef­forts of their Grow­ing Project vol­un­teers.

“I’m al­ways im­pressed. You come to a har­vest day know­ing that most ev­ery­one who’s bring­ing equip­ment out here, there’s other pres­sures. They’ve got other fields. Har­vest is go­ing, yet peo­ple want to come out. And they come out in very good spir­its. In some ways, per­haps do­ing this, and you’re ded­i­cat­ing a few hours, it is a re­minder of re­ally the bless­ing that we do have here and that we re­ceive here,” Block said dur­ing a field side in­ter­view last Thurs­day.

The Food­grains Bank is cel­e­brat­ing 35th an­niver­sary this year, and they con­tinue to pur­sue their goal of a world with­out hunger. The Cana­dian Food­grains Bank works in con­junc­tion with the Cana­dian In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Agency, and ev­ery dol­lar raised by a Food Grains Bank project can be matched four to one by CIDA.

“In some sense, be­cause the Food­grains Bank was born from farm fam­i­lies in Saskatchewan and Man­i­toba, who had ex­cess har­vest and who wanted to share that, the sense of com­ing out to these com­mu­nity har­vests, it re­ally goes back to the heart of the be­gin­nings of the Food­grains Bank. So its re­ally al­ways a joy­ous event.”

“On the ground, at the grass­roots level, it’s a hum­bling re­minder of what we can do when we work to­gether and peo­ple through their hat in the rink so to speak in terms of what are my tal­ents, what are my as­sets.”

“Some­one here for ex­am­ple has do­nated land. There are busi­nesses that have do­nated in­puts. There’s peo­ple that are do­nat­ing their time and their equip­ment to en­sure that this crop is grown and that it’s get­ting har­vested. There’s peo­ple who are do­nat­ing their own time in terms of fi­nan­cially manag­ing this project. So it does re­quire a broad base of peo­ple to be in­volved. The fact that it does come to­gether and run year af­ter year is re­ally a tes­ta­ment to many of the val­ues and foun­da­tional be­lief that many Cana­di­ans hold in want­ing to re­spond com­pas­sion­ately to oth­ers who are in other parts of the world who are strug­gling or suf­fer­ing.”

BOOSTER PHOTO/SCOTT AN­DER­SON

Par­tic­i­pants in the har­vest at the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank Lone Tree Com­mu­nity Project pose with a We Care ban­ner just be­fore equip­ment started rolling on Au­gust 23.

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