Prescott – North Augusta farm donates their first crop of potatoes to the South Grenville Food Bank.
On Wednesday , October 4th it was time to harvest that crop of potatoes. Ryan Brophy & Amy Fogo, owners of Brophy Farm near North Augusta along with help from some students and teachers from St. Lawrence Academy in Prescott spent part of the day picking potatoes.
The South Grenville Food Bank has very close relationships with many local farmers and there have been several different projects over the last number of years. In the past they have had grown for them, Soya Beans, Gleaning, which is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest, as well as another crop of potatoes was donated to the food bank by Antique Wheels in Motion in 2014 and 2015.
Bonnie Pidgeon Cougler, Executive Director of the food bank said, Every year the relationships between food bank and farmers continues to grow.
She went on to say, “Leeds & Grenville has a lot of wonderful farm land and I think it’s wonderful when farmers are able to assist us with needing those citizens with food crisis. I also like that schools are playing a part of giving back and I would like to thank St. Lawrence Academy schools, staff and all the volunteers in making the Potato Picking such a great success! Also Ryan & Amy I am so glad they thought outside the box to come up with this great idea”.