Dear Wellington Square United Church
It is with happiness and pleasure that we wish to report that the Bluewater Growing Project (BGP) was able to raise a record amount of $130,000 for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB). Of this amount $48,000 was designated for projects of the United Church of Canada that will also generate government matching funds at the 4:1 ratio of $192,000. This money will go to your designated national church overseas aid and development projects throughout the world to fight hunger and encourage methods of food sustainability. Could you please pass the news of our successful year to your generous donors to BGP.
To raise this money the BGP farmed 147 acres of donated or rented land and together with costs for crop inputs we had expenses of $33,417. Next year BGP is renting another farm expanding our acreage to 322. We value your donations to meet these expenses during the growing season and keep our project viable. We are then able to donate our harvest proceeds debt free to the CFGB. In Ontario the BGP is one of the largest fundraisers for the CFGB.
The farming community is still very supportive by their donations of tillage, planting and harvesting. We would appreciate anyone renting or donating land to the project to keep our donation amount growing. Through your involvement with BGP you can feel that Lambton County shares the blessings we have of good soil, weather and caring people.
Thank you very much,
Jack Koetsier (Co-Ordinator) Robert Halliday (Sec-Treasurer