Project nearing $8 million mark since 2004

FoodGrains Harvest

It may take a while before the final numbers are tallied for the Linden-Acme Foodgrains Growing Project, but organizer, Earl Jeninga is fairly confident the running tally for the project (since 2004), which includes the government matched funds may hit the eight million dollar mark with this year’s record producing crop.

This year’s crop was wheat and the first tests (taken on Sept. 25 & 26) were running at or close to number one. If the combines are calibrated properly, the crop is producing as high as 80-100 bushels per acre. Said Ken Toews, “Normally we get around 50-60 bushels per acre.” It is looking like Earl’s early estimate of 490.725 tonnes and a contribution of $112,638 for 2019 are likely too conservative. However, they were only able to get 200 of 300 acres off and so there is still 100 acres sitting under the snow.

The crop itself is only one element of the project with numerous contributors to the supper and silent auction held on Wednesday, Sept 11. The smoked brisket supper fed 505 people, a high number but it was higher in 2017 with the record still holding at 675 people fed. For this year, it was the Acme United Church who organized the supper, Sunterra donated the meat, while the Irricana Lions smoked and served it. Three Hills Colony donated the potatoes and Kneehill Soil Services had a chemical supplier (BASF Canada) donating the pumpkin pies.

Supper donations came in at $21,885 and with cash donations and sold silent auction items (of $6535) the total raised was $28,420. Donations do tend to continue to come in after the harvest.

“It is a spectacular year,” said Ken Toews.

“We are hoping to get the last 100 acres off next week (first week in October),” noted Earl Jeninga.