Foodgrains growing project off and running for another year

The Foodgrains Growing Project, in its 25th year, has planted 120-acres of canola just outside of Blackfalds. (Contributed Photo)

The seeds are in the ground for the annual Central Alberta Foodgrains Growing Project.

A total of 120 acres of canola was planted on the May long weekend. This year’s field is at the corner of Aspelund and Woody Nook roads in Lacombe County.

The project, which started in 1996, relies on businesses and local farmers.

“I am humbled every year by the volunteer help we receive in getting our crop seeded and then harvested in the fall,” said committee 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 sent to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg to help fight world hunger.

In April, the Foodgrains Bank committed to deliver more than $10 million in food assistance programs. Aid is sent to countries such as South Sudan and Tanzania.

“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, contact Maas at 403-782-1860.

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