Almost a billion people in the developing world don’t have enough to eat. Here in Canada, we are blessed to be living in a land of bountiful harvests.
That’s why farmers in the Listowel, area have created Harvest for Hunger, a unique project to raise money to end hunger through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. And they are inviting you to be part of it!
The goal is to grow 160 acres of soybeans; to raise $200,000 for the Foodgrains Bank; and to raise awareness about hunger issues around the world.
At the same time, the group is aiming to set a world record for harvesting 160 acres of soybeans. To reach the target of harvesting the field, near Monkton, in five to 10 minutes, they need to gather as many combines as possible.
The current record for a field that size, 10 minutes, 15 seconds, is claimed by a group in Manitoba. Harvest for Hunger organizer Randy Drenth says the local group is hoping to come in well under that time.
“If we can get 200 combines, we figure we can do it in about five minutes,” said Drenth, adding, “If you’re going to do something like this, you might as well make it tough for someone else to beat.”
The land for the soybeans has been donated, and five local farmers: Richard Van Donkersgoed, Peter Rastorfer, Mike Koetsier, Randy Drenth and John Tollenaar, are donating their time to the project. The group also needs volunteers, combines, and inputs such as seed, fertilizer, crop protection, fuel, crop scouting, planting and harvesting equipment.
Drenth said setting a specific date for the event will have to wait under harvest conditions are known next fall, but the group is targeting mid-September.
Anyone willing to combine on the harvest day is asked to register by May, with contact information and size of grain head. Contact Peter 519-347-2669 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Harvest for Hunger is also accepting donations. Donation of $10 or more will receive a tax deductible receipt. Cheques should be made payable to “Harvest For Hunger” and mailed to: Randy Drenth, 90010 Fordwich Line, RR 2, Clifford, ON, N0G 1M0.
For more information, or to volunteer or donate, contact Randy Drenth at 519-327-9504 or email@example.com.