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Monsanto and 18 Alberta producers support local community groups

Monsanto and 18 Alberta producers support local community groups

The grants are part of the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

By Diego Flammini
News Reporter

A total of 66 rural charities and non-profit groups across Canada, including 18 in Alberta, will each receive a grant of $2,500 from Monsanto’s Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program.

Farmers submitted applications to Monsanto, describing their favourite charities or non-profit organizations and how the funding would help the organizations.

And producers see this program as an opportunity to bridge the gap between urban and rural residents.

“People are curious and wonder about where their food comes from now more than ever before,” Nichole Neubauer, a cattle and cash cropper from Medicine Hat, Alta., told today.

Nichole Neubauer
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“It’s becoming very important for us to build relationships with our customers and to discuss what farming looks like. Those of us that remain rural must make connections with our urban friends.”

Neubauer’s organization of choice, the Medicine Hat Youth Action Society (MHYAS), is one of the Alberta non-profits that will be receiving a grant.

MHYAS provides activities and outreach programs for youth between the ages of 11 and 17. Including a garden project at Neubauer’s farm, which the grant will be used to help continue.

“The grant allows us not to worry about fundraising for the garden project,” Melissa Pearl, wellness coordinator with MHYAS, told today. “It will cover the costs of any seeds and starter kits we need. Each year the kids decide what they want to plant and (Neubauer) teaches them subjects like soil health and water irrigation.”

And other grant recipients, like WINGS (Women in Need of Growing Stronger) of Providence Society in Edmonton, Alta., are appreciative of the ag industry’s commitment to the community.

“We’re very happy to receive the support because it helps us with our work,” said Patricia Garrett, executive director of WINGS. “The grant will help us continue to offer our programs to the women and children who need them, including some from rural areas of the province.”

William Heidecker, founder of Drylander Ranch in Coronation, Alta., nominated WINGS to receive the $2,500 grant.

The other Alberta winners include:

Ponoka & District Health FoundationDorothy Ungstad, Ponoka
Stettler Regional Child Care SocietyHeather Rowland, Big Valley
Beaverhill Bird Observatory SocietyNathan Strilchuk
Bay Tree Community Park AssociationGarh Thompson, Bay Tree
Smoky River Pallative Care SocietyJules Aubin, Guy
Alix Agricultural SocietyCarolyn Barritt, Alix
Community Association for Lasting SuccessWesley Antonchuk, Vegreville
Friends of the Innisfree Library SocietyRandy & Susan Cannon, Innisfree
Nose Creek Valley Museum SocietyTerrie & Scott Copley, Crossfield
Leduc & District Emergency ShelterGordon Schneider, Beaver County
La Glace People Deterrent Citizens on PatrolNancy Schlauwitz, La Glace
Wrentham Fire & Rescue FoundationKim Owen, Wrentham
Société Centre Communautaire De St. IsidoreAlain Lavoie, St. Isidore
Trochu PlayschoolErnest Gelinas, Trochu
Holden Agricultural SocietyMaury Micklich, Holden
Mannville Historical SocietyJim & Eileen Kitt, Mannville extends its congratulations to all of the winners!

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