Boun­ti­ful Food­grains har­vest in Coal­dale

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - FALL AUCTION GUIDE - By Tim Kalinowski South­ern Al­berta News­pa­pers

The Coal­dale Leth­bridge Com­mu­nity Grow­ing Project had sunny skies on Thurs­day and plenty of will­ing hands to bring in its an­nual bar­ley har­vest to ben­e­fit the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank.

“We have some awesome weather and a great crowd out to wit­ness the har­vest,” said Grow­ing Project co­or­di­na­tor Larry Penner.

“We have a quar­ter sec­tion of bar­ley we are har­vest­ing to­day. We’ve cho­sen bar­ley specif­i­cally for the pur­pose so we can get our neigh­bours in the re­gion in­volved. This is a large dairy, feed­yard lo­ca­tion; so many of our clients who have bought the grain com­ing off our field to­day are lo­cal ag pro­duc­ers.”

The CLCGP took bids of $177,000 dur­ing the Men­non­ite Cen­tral Com­mit­tee sale in June, and Penner hoped to re­al­ize al­most all of that with the amount and qual­ity of the prod­uct com­ing off the field Thurs­day.

This year’s to­tal adds to the $1.48 mil­lion al­ready raised by the project since its in­cep­tion, he said.

An­dre Viss­cher, south­ern Al­berta re­gional co­or­di­na­tor for the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank, said he couldn’t thank all the vol­un­teers and con­tribut­ing com­pa­nies enough for do­ing their part through­out the crop year cul­mi­nat­ing in a won­der­ful har­vest and a fan­tas­tic do­na­tion to his or­ga­ni­za­tion.

That $177,000 will be matched four to one by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, mak­ing the to­tal im­pact of this year’s grow­ing project about $700,000 in real dol­lars, he said.

“It makes my heart feel warm — it’s re­ally great,” Viss­cher stated. “It means we can with th­ese funds help peo­ple in the world who do not have enough food. There are still many peo­ple in the world that go to bed ev­ery night hungry with only one meal or no meal a day. We are work­ing in Africa and south­east Asia in those ar­eas where they had cy­clones ear­lier this year, and we are able to sup­ply emer­gency food. And now we are work­ing with them to put a new crop in the ground, and get­ting them tools and seeds so they can grow food for them­selves.”

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