Har­grave's legacy will carry on through foun­da­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Farm News - BY JAMIE RIEGER— [email protected]­t.com

There was a huge void left be­hind when rancher James Har­grave lost his life fight­ing the south­east Alberta wild­fires of Oc­to­ber 2017.

It didn't take long be­fore friends and col­leagues in the beef in­dus­try be­gan talk­ing about things they could do to en­sure Har­grave's mem­ory was kept alive and all of the work he did in re­gards to stew­ard­ship, con­ser­va­tion, and pol­icy is­sues that im­pacted those in the beef in­dus­try.

Graeme Finn, president of the James Har­grave Legacy Foun­da­tion said the dis­cus­sion first arose at a graz­ing con­fer­ence in Ed­mon­ton last year.

It was de­cided that a foun­da­tion where peo­ple of any age in the beef in­dus­try could ap­ply for fund­ing for projects that in some way would im­prove, pro­mote, or ad­vance not only their op­er­a­tion, but the beef in­dus­try in gen­eral.

Finn said it could be any­thing from a 4-H ini­tia­tive to a water con­ser­va­tion project.

"It's open up for any­body who wants to ap­ply for projects that ex­pand their op­er­a­tion, plus share their knowl­edge with oth­ers," said Finn of the an­nual fund­ing.

Ac­cord­ing the James Har­grave Legacy Foun­da­tion web­site, "the fund has been es­tab­lished to en­cour­age and en­able peo­ple in the beef in­dus­try to ‘en­cour­age and en­able in­di­vid­u­als in the beef in­dus­try to carry on the val­ues, lead­er­ship, and phi­los­o­phy that James em­bod­ied.’"

Just a few of the items listed that Har­grave, who was chair of the Alberta Graz­ing Lease­hold­ers As­so­ci­a­tion and first vice-president of the West­ern Stock Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, had a pas­sion for in­clude: “in­ter­gen­er­a­tional trans­fer and suc­ces­sion; grass­lands stew­ard­ship and man­age­ment, along with pub­lic recog­ni­tion; water con­ser­va­tion; work done to progress a mar­ket­place for ecosys­tem ser­vices; and pol­icy devel­op­ment.”

"We are all of the same mind­set of how we want this and we'll all work to­gether and con­trib­ute in what­ever way we can," Finn said.

Sup­port for the James Har­grave Foun­da­tion is grow­ing through­out the farm and ranch com­mu­nity.

"At the Alberta Beef Con­fer­ence (held in Red Deer in Fe­bru­ary), they auc­tioned off a bag of seed and it kept be­ing put back in for bid­ding. It ended up rais­ing more than $12,000. That shows the loy­alty peo­ple have to­wards James," said Finn. "And, TruTest fenc­ing com­pany paid for the web­site. Ev­ery­body has pitched in."

"He was the most hum­ble per­son and al­ways strove to do the best he could for what­ever he was work­ing on. He's left a pretty big legacy," added Finn.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit the James Har­grave Legacy Foun­da­tion web­site at: www.jhar­grav­el­e­gacy.com or call 587-435-4072.

To do­nate:

Cheques made out to: James Har­grave Legacy Fund Box 179, #14-900 Vil­lage Lane

Oko­toks, AB T1S 1Z6

Or, send e-trans­fers to JHLe­ga­[email protected]

File photo by Jamie Rieger

The James Har­grave Legacy Foun­da­tion was formed by friends and col­leagues as a way to as­sist oth­ers in projects re­lat­ing to the beef in­dus­try, graz­ing, and stew­ard­ship.

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