For the last 15 years people in the Linden area north of Acme have gathered together in the spring and fall to plant, then reap a special wheat crop to help people in the developing world.

"We thought we'd get 40 bushels to the acre and we actually got 54," reported Clarise Plett, who helped to coordinate the fundraiser for the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. "It all was sold as Number One, so that was good, and we got a yield of $121,600."

They also held a barbeque on September 12 that raised $18,005, plus another $6,439 from a silent auction.

"We had 352 people attending the barbeque this year," stated Plett. "Last year we had something like 675, but the weather was gorgeous last year and the barbeque weather this year was not good; it was cold."
"It used to be that they would send grain overseas, but they don't do that anymore because there's too much rotting of grain happening on the docks and that," noted Plett. "Instead, they're sending the money over and it is used to purchase food aid in these overseas countries."

In its first 14 years, the Linden/Acme Food Grains Project has raised about $1.5 million, with the federal government multiplying that by four for a total of more than $6 million.

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