Central Alberta Foodgrains Growing Project celebrates 25 years

120 acre canola crop was seeded on the May long weekend

The growing project that started in 1996 relies on agri-businesses and local farmers to help with the supply of crop inputs and do the actual field work. This year’s field is located at the corner of Aspelund and Woody Nook roads on the east side. (Photo submitted)

The Central Alberta Foodgrains Growing Project is underway for its 25th year after it’s 120 acre canola crop was seeded on the May long weekend.

The growing project that started in 1996 relies on agri-businesses and local farmers to help with the supply of crop inputs and do the actual field work. This year’s field is located at the corner of Aspelund and Woody Nook roads on the east side.

“I am humbled every year by the volunteer help we receive in getting our crop seeded and then harvested in the fall,” says Commitee member Doug Maas. “In our 25 years, the agricultural community is always there to support us as we raise funds to help feed disadvantaged people in our world.”

Crop proceeds and cash donations received during the year are forwarded to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg to help fight world hunger. In April, the Foodgrains Bank committed to deliver over $10,000,000 in vital food assistance programs. Aid to countries such as South Sudan and Tanzania continues, as well as assistance to Syrian refugee camps.

“The countries we support do not have the government financial resources as we have in Canada to help in a pandemic situation. Continuing to provide assistance to these countries is critical in the present environment,” states Maas.

If you wish to help the Central Alberta growing project with some of its expenses that are not donated, please contact Doug Maas at 403-782-1860. A charitable tax receipt will be provided for cash donations.

Submitted by the Central Alberta Foodgrains Growing Project

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