Field of dreams finally ripe

Plant it and they will come. In its 16th year, the Ponoka Foodgrains Project harvests 170 acres each year, where the crop and donations

With harvest season closing the annual Foodgrains harvest is at the forefront.

Plant it and they will come.

In its 16th year, the Ponoka Foodgrains Project harvests 170 acres each year, where the crop and donations are dispersed among 35 countries needing the support.

Starting at noon on Oct. 4, the harvest will kick off with a catered lunch for all who attend.

“It’s a chance for us to thank our supporters,” said Foodgrains Project member Larry Henderson.

One hundred to 150 people come out each year to man the combines, help with the lunch or simply watch the usually bountiful crop come in.

Last year the project raised $85,000. “We’ve got to challenge and try to match it. Or beat it, that would be good,” said Henderson.

The project has been readily supported in Ponoka by farmers who come from various parts of the county to help bring in the crop, through monetary donations, product donations such as fertilizer and machinery from businesses, and by church organizations and the public.

The Foodgrains Project Field can be found three miles south of Ponoka along Highway 2, then west on C and E Trail (Township Road 423A). People can also reach the site by going west on Spruce Road and following the signs.

 

Just Posted

Pair arrested in Ponoka with several weapons, face 98 charges

Two men nabbed after early morning suspicious vehicle reported, stolen weapons found

UPDATE: 18-year-old Rimbey teen dies in collision

A portion of Highway 53 west of Rimbey is down to one lane while crews investigate

Ponoka County approves $70,000 to dredge Parkland Beach

Parkland Beach to see some dredging support from Ponoka County

Ponoka sets bylaw on cannabis retail, pushes for quick public consumption regulation

Town passes first reading on retail outlet bylaw, questions staff on need to separate public usage

Ponoka airport leaseholders to see second straight increase

Rates set to rise by 2.5 per cent when the calendar flips to 2019

U.S. congressman issues dire warning to Canada’s NAFTA team: time is running out

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is expected to resume talks with the U.S.

Rural Canada Post carriers could see 25-per-cent pay hike: spokesman

An arbitrator has released a ruling in a long-standing pay equity dispute at Canada Post

Seventh day of searching for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts are concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Freeland brings optimism back to NAFTA talks

NAFTA talks resume in Washington

Bradley Williams takes over as Westerner Park Interim CEO

CFR expected to go on as scheduled with no disruption

Despite protests, Russia’s anti-doping agency reinstated

On a 9-2 vote, the executive committee declared RUSADA as having satisfied conditions

The longest week: Carolinas worn out by Florence

Frustration and sheer exhaustion are building as thousands of people wait to go home seven days after the storm began battering the coast.

Canada’s goal is to play in a medal game at World Cup in Spain

The 2014 women’s world basketball championships were a coming out party for Canada.

Most Read