Olympic medalist helps churches, Foodgrains Bank ‘grow hope’

The public is invited to join Olympic Gold Medalist Cindy Klassen, and other Grow Hope supporters for the first ever Grow Hope Saskatchewan Field Day tomorrow, August 25 in Rosthern.

Grow Hope Saskatchewan is a partnership between the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese, Mennonite Central Committee and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The project gives urban folks the opportunity to become a farmer by sponsoring an acre of farmland in rural Saskatchewan.

How it works. Generous farmers have donated land agreed to grow a crop. It costs $300 per acre to grow the crop – covering the cost of things like seed, fuel and other inputs. At the end of the growing season, they sell the crop and donate proceeds to the Canadian Foodgrains bank. They expect it to sell for up to $500 per acre. The government of Canada matches donations up to 4:1, turning a $300 donation into as much as $2,500.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 25, in downtown Rosthern across from the Rosthern Food Bank, 682 Railway Ave,

The event begins with a free lunch from noon to 1 pm, follwed by a Welcome and words from Cindy Klassen. A tour of the Rosthern Food Bank is slated from 2 pm to 2:40 pm., followed by a Tour of the Grow Hope Field from 2:50 pm to 3 pm.

Everyone is welcome.