Werner Zacharias’s unwavering dedication to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank was said to be the key to the organization’s growth and popularity in west-central Saskatchewan.  |  Photo courtesy of Peter Janze

‘What a great way to give back’

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank remembers long-time benefactor who donated 190 acres of farmland to the organization

Hard working, devout, determined and beholden. Those are a few of the words that could be used to describe the late Werner Zacharias, who farmed, preached the gospel and raised a family of five children near Fiske, Sask., along with his wife, Elsie. Generous is another, said Rick Block. “In late 2017, I was made […] Read more

Jordana Slingerland, right, checks her surroundings while her brother and sister, Denver and Kadence, watch as combines harvest a crop for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank Aug. 29.   |  Barb Glen photo

Alberta foodgrains project brings in the barley

Canadian Foodgrains Bank project grows barley so it can cater to the region’s feedlots, dairies and poultry producers

COALDALE, Alta. — Barley dust was among the condiments sprinkled on burgers and hotdogs Aug. 29 when the Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project harvested a quarter section of crop. A lunch sponsored by local businesses is one attraction for the event, but so is the sight of the many combines and trucks involved in threshing […] Read more

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank raises much of its money through growing projects such as this one near Picture Butte, Alta., last year.  |  File photo

Foodgrains bank declared an impact charity

Charity Intelligence included Canadian Foodgrains Bank on its top 10 list of charities that make the most of their money

Money donated to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank goes a long way and gets to the people it’s intended to help. That’s the conclusion of an independent charity watchdog that has placed the CFGB on its annual list of the Top Ten Impact Charities. It was happy news for the farmer-supported, church-based charity. “It’s such a […] Read more

A group of Grow Hope Saskatchewan supporters pose with Olympic gold medalist Cindy Klassen, fifth from left, at the Grow Hope Saskatchewan field just outside of Rosthern, Sask.  |  Jana Al-Sagheer photo

Food project connects city to country

The program allows people to sponsor an acre of farmland, which covers the cost of seed, fuel and other inputs

City folks have an opportunity to get in touch with their farmer sides by sponsoring an acre of farmland in Saskatchewan. Grow Hope Saskatchewan is a novel approach aimed at attracting more urban donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The project is a partnership between the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese, Mennonite Central Committee and the Canadian […] Read more

AIM provided 90 acres to grow the soybeans, CPS provided the crop inputs and agronomic advice and the foodgrains bank arranged for a farmer to grow the crop. | Robin Booker photo

VIDEO: Foodgrains bank growing project makes use of show site

LANGHAM, Sask. — Soybeans were ceremoniously harvested at the Ag In Motion show site Oct. 3 when the Canadian Foodgrains Bank held a harvest event. “This growing project is unique because it is really a three way project between the Canadian Food-grains Bank, Crop Production Services and Ag In Motion,” said Rick Block, regional representative […] Read more

Foreign trip reinforces value of foodgrains bank

Farmer says after a trip to the Middle East he was more eager than ever to participate in the growing project

TEMPEST, Alta. — Coaldale, Alta., farmer Ed Donkersgoed has long been a supporter of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, but a trip to Lebanon brought home the true value of the charity. It has made him even more eager to participate in the Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project for the foodgrains bank, which seeded a quarter […] Read more

Women do much of the world's farming, and much of the world's most important, life-sustaining farming, but farming, cultural, financial and governmental systems don't treat them fairly, according to a new report. | Screencap via foodgrainsbank.ca

Helping women farmers key to future aid programs: Foodgrains bank

Many agriculture aid and assistance programs must be redesigned if they are to help hundreds of millions of female farmers in the developing world, says a Canadian Foodgrains Bank Report. Women do much of the world’s farming, and much of the world’s most important, life-sustaining farming, but farming, cultural, financial and governmental systems don’t treat […] Read more

The job was done within three hours and the combines lined up for a photo.  |  Barb Glen photo

Helping hands

Farmers left their own ready-to-harvest crops Aug. 11 to contribute time and machine power to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank project on Randy Redekop’s farm north of Vauxhall, Alta. With 18 combines and at least that many trucks, the harvest crew made short work of the 145-acre irrigated barley crop. Proceeds from sale of the grain […] Read more