Grow Hope Saskatchewan Field Day

Join us for the first ever Grow Hope Saskatchewan Field Day on August 25, 2018!

This event provides donors with the opportunity to see firsthand how their donation has grown, while learning more about global food security issues.

Highlights include: Meet Cindy Klassen, visit the Grow Hope Saskatchewan Field, tour the Rosthern Food Bank and learn more about sustainable solutions to alleviating poverty here at home and around the world. 

 

When: August 25, 2018

Grow Hope: A project close to home

Joan Schapansky is always looking for new opportunities to donate locally.  When she heard about Grow Hope Saskatchewan, and realized how close the field is to her home, she was excited about getting involved.  Joan lives in Rosthern and this year’s Grow Hope Saskatchewan field is just a mile down the road from her place - “I can drive by and look at it!” she says.

El Alto, Bolivia

"Everything was getting better"

EL ALTO, Pedro Domingo Murillo department, Bolivia – Before 2008, Victoria Mamani Sirpa had only ever cooked with four vegetables – carrots, chard, celery and onions.

That soon changed after she and her family built a huerta, or greenhouse on their property with the help of MCC’s partner, Fundación Communidad y Axión (Community and Action Foundation, FCA), which is working to improve access to nutritious food in El Alto. FCA provides many of the materials for the greenhouses as well as seeds and training, but project participants build them.

El Alto, Bolivia

How it works

Growing vegetables at high altitudes

EL ALTO, Pedro Domingo Murillo department, Bolivia – Imagine trying to grow vegetables in a dry climate more than 4000 metres above sea level where the atmosphere is so thin your crops burn up and die before they bear fruit.

The alternative is taking public transportation for more than an hour each way to buy vegetables that are imported from far away and covered in harmful pesticides.

El Alto, Bolivia

Service work inspires law career

When Elysha Roeper decided to participate in MCC’s Seed program, she didn’t think her placement would inspire a career change.

Roeper, 24, from Belleville, Ontario had just graduated from Queens University with a bachelor’s degree in development and human geography. She didn’t have any work experience in the field and knew she’d probably need to learn a second language to get a job, so Roeper decided to apply to Seed.

MCC’s two-year-long program brings together a cohort of young adults ages 20–30 from around the world to learn, serve and reflect.

Altona farmers donate 40 acres to Grow Hope campaign

H & M Farms is the newest farm to become part of MCC’s Grow Hope campaign this summer.

The family-run business in Altona, Manitoba grows various crops, including corn, beans, wheat and oats and is dedicating 40 acres of the 27,000 they farm to the MCC campaign which supports food projects around the world.

Kyle Friesen heard about Grow Hope through Grant and Colleen Dyck, who launched the project with MCC in 2015 as the first Grow Hope farmers.

After three years of helping the Dycks harvest, Friesen decided it was time to participate in Grow Hope himself.

Haiti

Coming home to Kabay

How MCC programs helped bring life to communities once considered hopeless

Remis Pierre, 23, lives in the house he grew up in in the farming community of Kabay. It’s only eight o’clock in the morning when we visit, but the sound of a soccer game can already be heard from a radio inside the house: the World Cup has just started. Pierre supports Brazil, as do both my MCC colleague and my motorcycle taxi driver, who are also sitting with us. The two countries have a long history together.

Securing the future through conservation agriculture in Kenya

Agriculture in arid and semi-arid lands of Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado counties in Kenya depends on rainfall. Keeping crops properly watered has always been a challenge in these regions, and recently has been intensified by climate change.

The project uses three main principles: minimal soil disturbance, soil cover, and crop rotation. Conservation agriculture reverses soil degradation, builds up soil fertility and reduces soil erosion and leaching.