Harvest for Hunger News

September 12, 2011

One hundred combines will be gathering on a Perth County farm on September 30 to set a world record soybean harvest.

A group of farmers from the Listowel/Monkton area have prepared a 160-acre field of soybeans with a goal of harvesting it in less than 10 minutes.

“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.

The project, dubbed Harvest for Hunger, is a unique growing project that will raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The use of the land, field work, seed, fertilizer, crop protection, fuel and crop scouting has been donated so that 100% of the proceeds from this harvest can be used to alleviate hunger around the world. The group’s goal is to raise $200,000 by auctioning the soybeans at the site right after the harvest on September 30.

Anyone interested in participating with their combine should register by contacting Peter Rastorfer at 519 347 2669, or by email to harvest4hunger@hotmail.ca.

The public is invited to support the project by coming to watch the record breaking event on Highway 23, 1 kilometre north of Monkton (between Listowel & Mitchell). Come for lunch — beef and pork on a bun will be served.

The public can also be part of the fundraising by donating $20 per bushel to the Harvest for Hunger project to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Donate.

Updates on the plans for the world record attempt can be found at Harvest for Hunger or Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Elbert van Donkersgoed

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