Edmontonarea farmers raise nearly half a million dollars to help feed the

A group of Edmonton-area volunteer farmers have raised an expected half a million dollars to help fight hunger around the world.Close to a dozen combines ran across 295 acres of barley outside of Fort Saskatchewan over the weekend as farmers with Share The Harvest hauled in this year’s yield. The grain the group harvested will now be sold mostly to Asian markets with all proceeds being donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help provide farm training and finance farming projects in African, Asian and South American countries.“A lot of the money raised is used in those areas to help improve, (such as) designing water trenches, to help move water across the land,” said Keith Goutbeck, director of Share The Harvest. “It’s also making it so those countries, places that struggle to have the education, can get educated to be self-sustaining.”Goutbeck said they were able to harvest over $100,000 this year. That money will be matched four times over by the federal government, ringing the final price up to an expected $500,000.“We were able to complete our 295-acre field but it was very wet barley, it was 26 per cent moisture content, which is considered very high, so we’ll have to do a lot of grain drying,” said Shaun Galloway, who helps organize the event. “But in the end it was a very good yielding. It was 100 bushels an acre and that’s after we allow for shrinkage.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below. The harvested land was donated by Suncor, while all the seeding, fertilizer and other materials used during the growing season were all donated by local agricultural businesses. Share The Harvest also allows members of the public to sponsor an acre of land for $300. Galloway said each sponsored acre can help boost donated funds by $1,600.“We will grow the crop for them, they don’t even have to get their fingers dirty,” said Galloway. “It’s pretty good leverage for a donor to see their gift make a significant impact.”Galloway said Share The Harvest was just one of 212 different ag-industry growing projects across the country.Over 100 people were treated to a barbecue at this year’s [email protected]/dylanshort_ Ian Kucerak / Postmedia Keith Goutbeck, one of the organizers of the 2019 Share The Harvest event, shows the tee barley that was harvested for the Canadian Foograins Bank this past weekend, in Sturgeon County, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

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