When the Cabri District Lions decided to kick off a community fundraiser by renting, farming and marketing production from a quarter of land, they were confident the local and agricultural community would see the benefits of supporting this important initiative. Not only is the project going to raise much needed funds, it is also fostering a sense of community togetherness and pride.
“We are off to a great start and are very pleased with the positive response we’ve received since launching this project in March,” says David Gossard, mayor of Cabri, Lions member and local farmer. “As of May 11, we have 131 community investors who have sponsored an acre at $100 each,” he says. “This sponsorship is important as we are using it to cover our land rental, insurance and other costs related to the project.”
The project has also been successful in attracting sponsors of inputs needed to grow the 80 acres of canola and 80 acres of red lentil crops. The team is also pleased to have the agronomic support of Dennis Muc, local agrologist with the Pioneer Co-op at Cabri.
“We are also excited to announce Innovation Credit Union will also be on side as a major sponsor,” adds Gossard. “We are still in the process of determining what role they will play but are thrilled to have them on side.”
The recent rains were timely and welcome and now the farm team is anxious to get its crop in the ground. On April 19, Robert Fahselt spread Edge, donated by Dow AgroSciences, on the 80 acres where Maxim red lentils are planned. South West Terminal donated the use of a Valmar spreader for this operation. Also thanks to Kennedy Construction and Bruce Carleton for picking rocks in April.
David Gossard offered to do the preseed burndown with Traxion, a new glyphosate product donated by Syngenta. Meanwhile, Gary Hadden rolled the lentil land and Doug Weedon offered to level the fallow land prior to seeding the canola. Max Kirkpatrick will seed the red lentils donated by Moen Farms Ltd. (20 acres), while Brad Levorson will seed the InVigor 5770 canola, donated by Bayer CropScience.
“It’s so great to see it all coming together,” notes Gossard. “It has taken a lot of planning but the entire team and community have-really embraced this project.”
FIELD DAY COMING UP
While operations are getting underway, the farm team is looking ahead to its field day planned for Thursday, July 8. “We’re in the process of planning a field day that will be educational and fun while providing our sponsors with an opportunity to showcase their products,” says Gossard.
While this is a Lions initiative, Gossard stresses that it really is a community project and that anyone can get involved. “We’re inviting all community members to participate in our farm project,” he says. “Whether you want to come and help with operations, donate inputs or sponsor an acre we’d love to have your support.”
Page Newton chairs the Cabri District Lions Farm Team. For more information on this project she can be reached at 306-774-4888