Growing Recreational Facilities for Delisle
The Idea: Growing Crops for Giving
When the Town of Delisle purchased 200 acres of farmland east of the community for future development a group of volunteers saw an opportunity. Steering committee members of Crops for Community presented the idea of growing crops to raise money to Town Council, using crop inputs from sponsors and volunteer labour and equipment.
In exchange for use of the land, all proceeds would be used for improving recreation facilities in the community.
“Growing Together” with Agrium
In early September 2012, a meeting was held at Agrium’s Vanscoy Potash mine to explain the project idea and to find out if Agrium would be interested in participating. Agrium liked the idea and offered to supply all of the crop inputs for the next four years!
The project now has seed, fertilizer and crop protection products, thanks to Agrium’s company-wide program, “Growing Together”, which has been in place for a number of years. Growing Together is a “cultural initiative” that stresses the company’s commitment to building healthy partnerships with their stakeholders, actively supporting the communities in which Agrium does business and setting standards for environmental commitment. Thank you, Agrium!
An Opportunity for Learning
Local schools have been given the opportunity to involve students in the project, both in the classroom and in the field. Agrium will be educating students on how crops are produced and the role fertilizer plays in crop production.