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Bringing in the Harvest Bounty

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In the middle of the hustle of harvesting crops and managing their own farms, several volunteers took the time to help out with the harvest of one of the Fields of Jubilee – a local farmer led project that contributes to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a Christian charity that seeks to alleviate and end global hunger.
A 105-acre field in the Harlington district was donated by Verlin and Lana Barkman for the season, and planted to wheat. With the help of four combines, three trucks, and many volunteers, a plentiful yield of 80 bushels per acre was harvested on Monday (Aug. 20).
“We were overjoyed with that yield,” said Fields of Jubilee Secretary Wayne Alford. adding that he expects this to beat the wheat yield average across the Valley.
After accounting for the cost of trucking fees, the first Fields of Jubilee harvest was expected to raise approximately $50,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.
A canola field still stands ripening on a split field surrounding the Louisiana Pacific Swan River plant. It will be harvested later this fall and raise even more for the project.
About Fields of
Jubilee
Fields of Jubilee was started by a group of volunteers that were looking to make a difference in the world.
The project started in 2000 – the year of jubilee – and has chugged along every year since then.
“We’ve been bigger and we’ve been smaller, but 160 acres seems to be the level that we can financially handle and have enough workers,” said Alford.
Fields of Jubilee is funded by various area churches, as well as generous corporate contributors.
“The support across the Valley is our lifeblood,” said Alford.
“We haven’t solved world hunger yet, but still being able to give is an obedience, a thankfulness response, a part of Christian service, and it’s just a good thing. There are 365 million people going to be hungry tonight, and I can’t fix it all, but I can fix some of it.”
Although the Swan Valley has only been involved since 2000, the Canadian Foodgrains Bank has been fighting world hunger since 1984.
The organization consists of 15 church agencies representing 30 denominations and more than 17,000 congregations that work together to fight hunger in more than 30 countries.
“The grain we’re growing is actually for somebody to eat,” said Alford. “We get lost in the grain trade, but in this case, it’s food and development for somebody, and it’s really life changing.”

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Jeremy Bergen
REPORTER
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