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Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:44

Neubauer helps MH Youth Action Society with the 2017 Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program

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Through the efforts of Nichole Neubauer of Neubauer Farms, Medicine Hat has helped the Medicine Hat Youth Action Society, it was announced Nov. 2.


When you live in a rural town, community matters and you do everything you can to keep local charitable groups, non-profits and community events alive. They are vital to the people in your community.
Thanks to the efforts of Canadian farmers, 66 different rural-based charities and non-profits have received a financial boost to strengthen their communities as winners of a $2,500 grant in the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities Program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The Medicine Hat Youth Action Society was one such charity it was announced Nov. 2.
$165,000 in grant money was distributed to 66 rural charities across Canada.
Now in its 6th year, the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program generated a wide variety of ideas from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. They recommended schools, libraries, historical societies, health and recreational facilities, rural daycares, senior clubs, 4-H groups, food banks and more. More than 100 rural-based charitable groups also contributed ideas online at www.canadasfarmers.ca which allowed them to suggest a cause and find local farmers to support it by submitting an entry.
The Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program received more than 550 entries this year. Winners were drawn by board members of the independent administrator, Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba, on October 12, 2017.
"When you look at what local communities want to do to improve community services, programs or infrastructure to make life better for rural residents it's very inspiring," said Trish Jordan, public & industry affairs director at Monsanto Canada. "A gift of $2,500 doesn't seem like a lot but from talking to some of the farmers and the charities themselves it can make a huge difference in their communities."
One need only look to the example of the Bay Tree Community Park Association in Alberta who plan to use their grant to upgrade their local park and playground facility. "I am a young senior and I can tell you that as a child I played on the equipment that is currently in the park," said local resident Lurind Jeaneaux. "That's a long time to go without any upgrades so we are thrilled to receive this boost to our fundraising efforts. It makes us believe our dreams are achievable and we can make our park a place that families can enjoy."
Or how about farmer Mary Klassen from Lashburn, SK who nominated the Marshall School Breakfast Program? School vice-principal Tina Pero said the motivation for the breakfast program is "to ensure every student who enters our building has the opportunity to nourish their bodies before a full day of learning in the classroom begins."
Farmers living and working in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and Northeastern B.C. had from mid-January to the end of September to submit their entries by visiting the Canada's Farmers website and completing an online application form.
The Monsanto Fund plans to continue the Canada's Farmers Grow Communities program in 2018. Farmers and rural residents can watch for details at winter trade shows or visit www.CanadasFarmers.ca or follow on Twitter @CanadasFarmers for more information.

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