Hargrave's legacy will carry on through foundation
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.
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]
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.