GFM Network News


Wearing green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day

Reading Time: < 1 minute For many years, 4-H clubs have urged members and supporters to wear green in November to show their support for the organization. The Show Your 4-H Colours promotion has also been a way to fundraise by selling green 4-H T-shirts. But this year, “young people need us now more than ever, as they navigate the […] Read more

BASF donation welcomed as food bank use increases

BASF donation welcomed as food bank use increases

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger campaign got a boost from BASF Canada with a donation of 100,000 meals. “Now more than ever, our communities need our help,” said Jonathan Sweat, vice-president, Business Management, Agricultural Solutions for BASF Canada. “While a lot has changed in 2020, hunger hasn’t.” There are more than a million visits […] Read more


Alberta community groups receive $264,000 for projects

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fifteen Alberta community groups have received more than a quarter of a million dollars from Farm Credit Canada’s FCC AgriSpirit Fund. Nationwide, the charitable arm of the farm lender is giving $1.5 million to 92 rural community groups this year to help support capital projects. The grants, which range from $5,000 to $25,000, are for […] Read more

The Delia School Enhancement Society’s Green Spaces Project is one element of the $1.2-million Delia Community Hub initiative, which will provide community access to the field house, library and other spaces in the new school in the southern Alberta community.

Grants available for community projects

Reading Time: < 1 minute Applications are now being accepted for $100,000 in grants from the UFA Rural Communities Foundation. The foundation announced last year it would be giving away $500,000 over five years for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in rural Alberta. The 2019 recipients were the Onoway and District Historical Guild ($50,000 for its Heritage Village […] Read more


There was barely room on the access road to Western Tractor’s Taber location for all of the vehicles lined up for the Fry Day fundraiser.

Want a great big show of community spirit with that?

‘Fry Day’ fundraiser keeps medevac service in the air — and gives community a chance to show its generous spirit


Reading Time: 4 minutes They figured their fundraising goal was hugely ambitious — but boy were they wrong. “As I pulled into the dealership at 7:30, there were cars lined up already, and we weren’t starting until 9,” said Steven Dyck, president of Western Tractor. “It was literally to the point where they were lined up down the highways. […] Read more

4-H online auctions to help charities and food banks

4-H online auctions to help charities and food banks

Reading Time: < 1 minute Albertans are invited to support local charities, and uplift 4-H members as they complete their livestock projects in new online ways. From now through June 30, there will be 77 sales where 4-H members will be showcasing and offering steers, lambs, hogs and/or goats for purchase. There are 24 charity projects — 22 steers and two […] Read more


The shelves have been restocked at the Mayerthorpe Food Bank following a recent Farm Credit Canada’s Drive Away Hunger event. But they will soon be empty because there are more families and individuals needing assistance.

The need keeps growing for rural Alberta food banks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Times have been tough in Alberta, and that’s been obvious to volunteers at the Mayerthorpe Food Bank. There are just over 500 homes in the town but in many, it’s a struggle to put food on the table. “We serve about an average of 14 families a week,” said Tammy-Lee Gilroy, the food bank’s administrator. […] Read more

Harvest is underway for Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects across the province, including this recent one nearRosemary.

Foodgrains Bank feels effects of up-and-down summer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Poor growing conditions here at home could have far-reaching impacts around the world, as Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects struggle to get their crops off. “Most of the southern projects are done, but farther north, there’s almost nothing done,” said Terence Barg, northern Alberta regional representative for the Foodgrains Bank. “If the yields aren’t good […] Read more


Win a $2,500 grant for a local charity

Reading Time: < 1 minute The 2019 edition of a program that allows farmers to nominate their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group for a $2,500 grant is now accepting applications. Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program gives out two grants in each of the country’s 33 grain-growing regions each year — for a total of $165,000. Nine of those regions […] Read more

Steve Breum launched Alberta Farm to Food Bank this year to help Alberta food banks access fresh, storable produce.

The need is great — and so is this farmer’s generosity

Desire to give back results in the Alberta Farm to Food Bank

Reading Time: 3 minutes Steve Breum was looking for a way to expand his vegetable operation and give back to the community at the same time when he decided to start growing fresh produce for food banks. “We’re in a recession here, and people don’t have the money for food. These food banks need donations,” said Breum, owner of […] Read more