Through growing projects, groups of farmers and farm supporters plant, tend and harvest a crop, then sell it on the Canadian market, donating the proceeds to the Foodgrains Bank to be used in the work of responding to world hunger.
Local businesses often help by donating inputs such as seed, chemicals and fertilizer, and services such as trucking, insurance or promotion. Not only does this help keep costs down, it fosters a sense of community spirit as local people work together to help hungry people in the developing world. Through the Foodgrains Bank, inputs are also available from national agro-sciences corporations.
Individuals can also create their own growing projects, giving the proceeds from the sale of a portion of their crop to the Foodgrains Bank.
As for what you can grow, the answer is anything you want—wheat, canola, corn, barley, soybeans, lentils, flax, forage, silage and pumpkins are some of the crops grown to raise money for the Foodgrains Bank.
Although many growing projects are found in rural areas, urban churches get involved by partnering with rural congregations to provide funds for inputs, or by donating to the project’s overall fundraising goal. This is an excellent way to bring urban and rural Canadians together over a common goal of helping people who are hungry.
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