Despite Weather Worries, Farmers Share The Harvest For 15th Year.

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Just getting ready to start at the Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project seeding event. Last year, the project earned $130,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (matched 4-1 by the federal government.) Funds raised will go to help battle hunger in developing nations. Photo via JW Schnarr on Twitter.

With all that is going on in the world presently, we don’t need to look far to remind ourselves of all the good that Canada does in the world.

Canadian Farmers are one of the groups on the forefront of Canada’s fight to end global hunger. There’s no end to the challenges Canadian farmers – all farmers – face on an annual basis.  Farmers are trying to make a living with Mother Nature at the wheel. Farming isn’t a job – It’s a Calling.  Farmers are also one of the most generous people.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is an instrument  for Canadian farmers to share crop yields.

Global hunger is an outrageous set of statistics.  UN Food distribution networks are increasingly becoming stopped before they even arrive.  Violence is happening at seemingly every turn. Championing global hunger on the front lines is literally a life threatening job to do – and indeed- many – perhaps most – are volunteers.

If you’ve ever watched a grain car being loaded at a port like The Port of Thunder Bay, it really is something to see. And to know that a portion of that grain is heading to networks where food justice is already at risk. By Freighter – By Rail. By Canadian farmers.

Watch the video in the link below to see how a group of farmers make an annual pilgrimage to the canola fields for The Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Farmers in the Edmonton, Alberta region gathered in a field east of Gibbons, Alberta to harvest a canola crop and donated the proceeds to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

As spring moves into summer  – and more and more crops come in – lets get to as many farmers markets in our district as possible.  When you holiday – find one near you – and see what’s what there.

Some farmers have farm stands along a country road or highway. Try that out. Many of us do and have favourites – like Farmer Bob.

If you would like to know more about the work of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank go here:

https://foodgrainsbank.ca/

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Lynne Brown
Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through farmers’ fields for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royale was considered a very good day. Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. email to lynne@superiormedia.ca Twitter: @dlynnebrown.

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