Harvest help turns out for Canadian Foodgrains Bank Lone Tree project
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.”
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.