For Jacksonville, New Brunswick farmer Roy Culberson, the 18 acres of corn he harvested in November wasn’t an ordinary crop—it’s a crop that will make a difference.
The acres were part of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Corn project, and proceeds from the sale of the corn will be used by the Foodgrains Bank for its food assistance projects in the developing world.
What also made the crop unique is that funds for inputs for the 18 acres came from young people from 26 Baptist churches in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
On November 8, excited youngsters representing the different youth groups, along with their parents, spent the morning at Ralph B Culberson & Sons Ltd. farm watching “their” corn being harvested.
“It’s virtual farming,” said Alden Crain, Atlantic Representative for Foodgrains Bank member agency Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM).
“The kids fundraised for things like seed and fertilizer, and got to watch “their” grain grow [through Facebook],” he said.
Proceeds from the sale of the corn will be used by CBM to support its food assistance programs in the developing world.
Culberson’s involvement with the Foodgrains Bank goes back to when Roy donated the proceeds of an acre of corn.
While talking with Crain, then the Foodgrains Bank’s regional coordinator in New Brunswick, he indicated that one of his main interests was to involve youth.
With support from Atlantic Baptist Women, who promoted the project to youth through their Global Adventures program, funds were raised to help pay for inputs for growing the corn.
Altogether, five farms participated in the project; Culberson described the partnership between them and the youth in terms of the sense of achievement it promoted.
“They grew an acre of corn,” he said of the youth who raised funds. “They can say to themselves, ‘I created that food and it’s going to go to people that need it. I did something good.’”
Tami Duff of Winnipeg represented the Foodgrains Bank at the harvest. “I think it’s exciting for city kids to get to see how farming happens, where they get their food from,” she said. “It’s a good way to make a connection between urban and rural people.”
The Jacksonville corn project is one of over 200 growing projects across Canada where farmers come together to grow a crop and donate the proceeds to help end global hunger.
In 2012-13, the projects raised $5.8 million for the Foodgrains Bank through the sale of over 17,000 tonnes of grain.
Other farmers participating in the project along with Roy and Murray Culberson of Ralph B Culberson & Sons Ltd. were G&C Culberson in Jacksonville, Meduxnekeag Farms in Jackson Falls, Blair Young in Bedell and Brian Connors in Jacksonville.
From a report by Brigitte Marsden.
Published in the the Bugle Observer newspaper November 12th, 2013
With 17 acres, the project raised a total of $10,625.00 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
Photo: Corn combine
Farmers involved in the project:
G & C Culberson
Jackson Falls, NB
Hawkins Corner, NB
Ralph Culberson & Sons
Addresses of Churches with groups supporting the project:
Bayview Baptist Church
Hartland United Baptist Church
Fredericton Junction United Baptist Church
Fredericton Junction, NB
Hillcrest Baptist Church
Saint John, NB
Kingston United Baptist Church
Seaside Baptist Church
Dipper Harbour, NB
Hillside Baptist Church
Florenceville Baptist Church
Berry Mills Baptist Church Sunday School
Berry Mills, NB
Grangeville Baptist Church
Brown ‘s Flat Baptist Church
Browns Flat, NB
Woodstock Baptist Church
Bayer’s Road Baptist Church
First Baptist Church Dartmouth
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Margaretsville Baptist Church
Annapolis County, NS
Birch Cove Baptist Church
Kentville Baptist Church
Bridgetown Baptist Church
Kingston Baptist Church,
New Heights/Pleasant Lake Baptist Church
Pleasantville Baptist Church
First Cornwallis Baptist Church
Springhill Baptist Church
Faith Baptist Church
Lower Sackville, NS
Yarmouth North Baptist Church Sunday School
Bedeque Baptist Church Global Adventures