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Like all Foodgrains Bank growing projects, harvest always draws a crowd, including at the Linden-Acme Foodgrains Growing Project (above) or the Vauxhall & District Growing Project (right). That’s likely to be scaled down this year, but volunteers say the pandemic has made their fundraising efforts more important than ever.

The need is greater than ever — and the volunteer spirit even stronger

Reading Time: 3 minutes COVID-19 has stopped many things, but not the volunteers of Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects. In Kneehill County, the Linden-Acme Foodgrains Growing Pro­ject will be planting its 17th crop — this year, it will be barley for silage, said Earl Jeninga, manager at Kneehill Soil Services. Anywhere from 30 to 40 people volunteer each year […] Read more

Agronomist Mikaela Lemay hopes that community growing projects can help bridge the gap between consumers and producers.

Growing projects are a great way to reach out to millennials

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mikaela Lemay didn’t just want to help people in developing countries when she got involved with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. She wanted to help Canadian consumers too. “So much of the fear of agriculture is emotion based, so I thought it would be good to counteract that with positivity,” said the three Hills-area agronomist. “By […] Read more

There were more than three dozen growing projects and fundraisers in Alberta last year, including the Brownfield and District Growing Project, which made a YouTube video of its 2017 harvest.

Growing projects putting down roots around elevators

Reading Time: 2 minutes Volunteers at a trio of Canadian Foodgrains Bank growing projects in Alberta won’t have to go far to deliver their harvests this fall. Viterra is providing 400 acres around three of its Alberta grain terminals (and another three in Saskatchewan) for growing pro­jects this year. “We’ve had a long-standing partnership with Viterra,” said John Longhurst, […] Read more