Harvest for Hunger News

April 6, 2011

A group of farmers want to set a world record by harvesting 160 acres of soybeans in well under 10 minutes on a farm in Perth County.

The project, dubbed Harvest for Hunger, is a unique growing project that will raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

“Our goal is to gather as many combines as possible to harvest the field in a very short period of time,” says Randy Drenth, one of the organizers. “We will need somewhere between 100 to 200 combines to pull this off.”

The attempt for a world record is the fun part of the project. The primary purpose will be to raise at least $200,000 from the sale of the crop for food projects directed by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank in the developing world.

Harvest for Hunger is inviting farmers from across southwestern Ontario to commit their combines to this try for a record by contacting Randy Drenth at 519-327-9504 or at harvest4hunger@hotmail.ca. The group is also inviting donations for all the field work, seed, fertilizer, crop protection, fuel and crop scouting.

Harvest for Hunger is just one of over 200 growing and community projects across Canada each year that raise money for the Foodgrains Bank. About $4.5 million was raised by these projects last year.

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank is a partnership of Canadian churches and church-based agencies working to end hunger in developing countries.

Elbert van Donkersgoed