The Ponoka Community Growing Project, part of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, completed its annual harvest on Oct. 3, yielding 82 bushels of surplus wheat.
The crop came off in record time — in just 1.5 hours — with the help of 10 combines, according to Peter Doornenbal, project organizer and local dairy farmer.
The wheat is sold locally, and the funds are sent overseas to countries in need, says Doornenbal.
The federal government matches the funds 4:1, meaning this year’s harvest, along with the government’s donation, will amount to $80,000.
Lunch is usually served for the volunteers during the harvesting, but this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, just coffee and treats were provided.
The field is located six miles north of the Ponoka Secondary Campus on Range Road 254.
This year marks the project’s 22nd harvest.
For more information about the Ponoka Community Growing Project, visit foodgrainsbank.ca.