Plant­ing seeds to grow next gen­er­a­tion farm­ers

FCC doles out $114,250 to 4-H clubs across Canada

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - Pat Martin

The Farm Credit Canada (FCC) 4-H Club Fund is pro­vid­ing $114,250 to 233 4-H clubs across Canada to sup­port lo­cal events and var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

In Nova Sco­tia, 22 4-H clubs re­ceived a com­bined to­tal of $10,950, with Fal­mouth’s Border Riders 4-H Club, Port Wil­liams’ Corn­wal­lis Project 4-H Club, Tor­brook West’s Misty Trails 4-H Club, and the Newport 4-H Club be­ing the lo­cal clubs to ben­e­fit.

The fund is part of FCC’s $1 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion com­mit­ted over four years to 4-H Canada. This con­tri­bu­tion, in ad­di­tion to supporting lo­cal 4-H ac­tiv­i­ties, sup­ports na­tional, as well as pro­vin­cial, 4-H ini­tia­tives.

“This is a long-term in­vest­ment in a na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to de­vel­op­ing lead­er­ship, con­fi­dence and val­ues in young peo­ple who want to con­trib­ute to this vi­brant and dy­namic in­dus­try,” said Todd Klink, ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at FCC, in a press re­lease.

“By supporting 4-H clubs across Canada, the FCC 4-H Club Fund is help­ing plant the seeds for the next gen­er­a­tion of suc­cess­ful farm­ers, agri-food and agribusi­ness en­trepreneurs.”

The FCC 4-H Club Fund awards up to $500 for a wide range of projects, in­clud­ing achieve­ment days, skill-build­ing work­shops, field trips, pub­lic-speak­ing com­pe­ti­tions, and the pur­chase of club sup­plies, just to name a few.

The next ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod opens in sum­mer 2019.

Help­ing to de­velop thriv­ing and vi­brant agri­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties is a shared goal of FCC and 4-H Canada, re­flect­ing a part­ner­ship that has sup­ported Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties for more than 25 years.

With this fund­ing, 4-H Canada can con­tinue to of­fer pro­grams and ac­tiv­i­ties that help de­velop re­spon­si­ble, car­ing and con­tribut­ing young Cana­di­ans.

“The 4-H move­ment in Canada con­tin­ues to thrive through the gen­eros­ity of vi­sion­ary part­ners like FCC, who share the same val­ues and com­mit­ment to en­gag­ing young lead­ers at the grass­roots level in com­mu­ni­ties across Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO, Shan­non Ben­ner, in a press re­lease.

“Cana­dian agri­cul­ture pro­vides a mul­ti­tude of ex­cit­ing ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties for any­one who wants to be part of a grow­ing and dy­namic in­dus­try,” said Lawrence MacAu­lay, Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Agri-Food Canada.

“For many young peo­ple, 4-H clubs across Canada open the doors to pos­si­bil­i­ties and pro­vide a clear path for a suc­cess­ful ca­reer. The fu­ture of Cana­dian agri­cul­ture de­pends on our abil­ity to at­tract in­no­va­tive and en­er­getic young peo­ple, who will con­trib­ute to an in­dus­try that pro­duces among the safest and high­estqual­ity food in the world.”

Baby for Christ­mas! Con­grat­u­la­tions Ed­ward Hunt­ley and Amanda Bent on the birth of their nine-pound baby boy, Ja­cob Wayne Hunt­ley, at Val­ley Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Dec. 19. He’s the brother to Wil­liam, grand­son of Karen and Wayne Hunt­ley, and great-grand­son of Gwen Hunt­ley of Scott’s Bay.

---Can­ning li­brary open­ing Jan. 3, 2-5 p.m. Open Tues­days 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Wed­nes­days 6-8 p.m., Thurs­days 2-5 p.m., Fri­days 5-7:30 p.m. and Satur­days 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Writ­ing group runs sec­ond and fourth Mon­days in Jan. from 2-4 p.m. Vol­un­teers and book do­na­tions wanted. 902-5827699.

---Can­ning Bap­tist Church break­fast Jan. 5, 7:30-10 a.m. Gluten free pan­cakes and toast, sausage, ba­con, hash browns, beans, scram­bled eggs. Do­na­tion. 902582-3827.

---Glooscap Ele­men­tary School skat­ing. Vol­un­teers to tie skates and help on ice. Hel­mets re­quired. Skat­ing Jan. 10, 24, 31 and Feb. 7, 14, 21. Home and School meet­ing Jan. 28, 6:45 p.m. All wel­come. Child­care pro­vided.

---Ross Creek Cen­tre for the Arts PD day camps, ages 5-12, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-5p.m. multi-age art ac­tiv­i­ties in stu­dio set­ting, ex­plore the land­scape and en­joy games while meet­ing new friends. Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes ma­te­ri­als and lunch. 902-5823842.

Ross Creek win­ter ad­ven­ture week­end learn­ing sur­vival skills, ages 9-14. Feb. 16-18, fo­cus on fire-mak­ing, shel­ter-build­ing, win­ter nav­i­ga­tion, while build­ing con­fi­dence. Chal­leng­ing and fun. Ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tor Christina Daf­fre. Fee in­cludes food and ac­com­mo­da­tions. Reg­is­ter www.arts­cen­tre.ca/ win­ter

Two Planks and Phan­tom fundrais­ing gala and auc­tion at Ross Creek Cen­tre Mar. 30, 6-11 p.m. spe­cialty cock­tails and wine by Planters Ridge, dis­played auc­tion items and games. Grand ban­quet by Co­coa Pesto Cater­ing chef. Pro­ceeds for 2019 theatre magic. Tick­ets avail­able now. www.art­cen­tre. ca/fundraiser

---Best wishes for the New Year.

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