Coal­dale-Leth­bridge Food­grains Grow­ing Project starts to sunny skies

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta - BY NIKKI JAMIESON AL­BERTA NEWS­PA­PER GROUP

The Coal­dale-Leth­bridge Food­grains Grow­ing Project kicked off an­other year late last month.

Af­ter com­mit­tee mem­bers de­cided to con­tinue the grow­ing project in a vir­tual meet­ing, seed­ing for the grow­ing project took place last Thurs­day.

“We think now is more im­por­tant than ever to carry on with the project,” said Ed Donkers­goed, com­mit­tee mem­ber for the Coal­dale-Leth­bridge Food­grains Grow­ing Project In a field east of Coal­dale by High­way 512, they seeded 180 acres of bar­ley. Lo­cal fer­til­izer com­pa­nies have do­nated fer­til­izer and an­other the seed, and lo­cal farm­ers has vol­un­teered to seed the crop and look af­ter it dur­ing it’s grow­ing sea­son. Donkers­goed said they were us­ing fam­ily land for the grow­ing project.

While they may have had a lit­tle bit late in seed­ing this year, Donkers­goed said they were in “good shape” and they have good soil con­di­tions.

Last year, the grow­ing project raised $143,000, which was matched by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment 4:1. Over the past 13 years, they have raised over $1.68 mil­lion dol­lars.

Grow­ing projects sup­port the the Cana­dian Food­grains Bank by grow­ing and har­vest­ing a crop, sell­ing it on the Cana­dian mar­ket and do­nat­ing the pro­ceeds to the food­grains bank. This money is then used to help com­bat world hunger.

“The buy­ers of our crop may not be able to pay a pre­mium this year, but we will have a mar­ket for our crop. The di­ver­sity of folks who have do­nated to our cause, from seniors, to par­ents of young fam­i­lies, small business, and even school kids, all have been neg­a­tively im­pacted. Many of these same folks also vol­un­teer or give lo­cally to food banks, the soup kitchen, and the like. The prin­ci­ple of help­ing their neigh­bour here, and abroad, is sim­ply a part of their na­ture.”

Per­lich Brothers Auc­tion Mar­ket will be host­ing the auc­tion for the grain from the go­ing project, with more de­tails to fol­low.

Sunny South News photo by Nikki Jamieson

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