Rock Solid Refuge ben­e­fits from sixth an­nual Har­vest For Hope

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An af­ter­noon com­mu­nity ef­fort on Au­gust 31 pro­vided the man­power to har­vest the crop at the sixth an­nual Har­vest For Hope in sup­port of Rock Solid Refuge.

The eight com­bines which turned out for the har­vest made quick work of the crop stand­ing on the land do­nated by Wen­dell and Wendy Patzer. Pro­ceeds from the crop will sup­port Rock Solid Refuge, who are in their eighth year of run­ning a year round res­i­den­tial pro­gram which works with teens who strug­gle with life con­trol­ling is­sues.

“Its been amaz­ing. And just the buy in of all the neigh­bours, the com­mu­nity around,” Patzer said just be­fore the com­bines started rolling. “They’ve re­ally grabbed a hold of the work of Rock Solid Refuge, and it’s a way that they can give with their machin­ery and their time.”

“An­other thing that has re­ally been good is that the lo­cal fer­til­izer and chem­i­cal sup­pli­ers in town will­ing­ness to donate. Be­cause if we have to buy ev­ery­thing we don’t raise that much money.”

Patzer noted that Rock Solid Refuge Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Dal­las Block was the youth pas­tor at his church in Fron­tier, so he has long been a sup­porter of this ini­tia­tive.

“The vi­sion was cre­ated for this place (Rock Solid Refuge) while still in Fron­tier. We helped when it was still at Sim­mie Bi­ble Camp as a sum­mer pro­gram. We helped with that a lot. And then I helped to ac­tu­ally build Rock Solid.

“So we just wanted to con­tinue go­ing. Rock Solid’s been a place where they tried not to in­cur debt, they have a lit­tle bit, but we just wanted to be able to give back some­thing that we’ve been blessed in and be able to try and keep them out of debt.”

“That was the orig­i­nal vi­sion, and now its just been an on­go­ing ef­fort go­ing to­wards gen­eral sup­port these past few years.

“We want to give back and help re­store lives of kids that have got into trou­ble.”

Patzer also wanted to ex­tend his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the en­tire group of in­di­vid­u­als in­volved in the project, not just those who are on hand for the har­vest.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the har­vest gets all the glory. But it’s the seed­ing, and the spray­ing. The agron­o­mists that did the work for free to tell us what to do. This has kind of been a show­ing field to show some new tech­niques and dif­fer­ent rates of fer­til­izer and chem­i­cals. And we have grown amaz­ing crops through that as well.”

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