Thursday, February 28, 2019

2018 passes and grows into 2019

Connection Points...   That's what Kernels facilitates !   We are continually connecting people who care with those who share... sharing resources for bettering lives...sharing the gospel...    It happens like this !  Canadians like Brian Skelton and Wally Litwinow don't live on farms but they have both been virtual farmers with us from the start !  Brian grows a row or two of wheat in his garden to remember our cause of fighting hunger in countries of need.   Brian and Wally both support Kernels of Hope and our partners  Tearfund Canada and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank financially every year.... they pay for real farmers to grow crops and multiply the value through all the connected points right through to Wolaita, Ethiopia...the local churches there act as demonstration and ag extension sites that teach people how to grow bigger and better crops for their families while they are able to both hear the Gospel and see and feel God's love expressed through the Canadian virtual and real farmers...  this year Wally connected with others in his urban Edmonton neighbourhood by tearing  up part of his yard and planting wheat !  Wow... people were intrigued by this and he was able to tell the story several times of needs we can help with.  Our urban legend planted .02 of an acre of wheat and put up a Kernels field sign and nurtured the crop !   He and his crew Eunice,  hand harvested about ten cups of wheat  and plan to bring it to the ECCC AGM in Sarnia to have someone bake bread to share.   Connecting, sharing... That's what we are asked to do...   We do it well.

 In the end, we as the ECCC family and Kernels were a key part of training 3,432 farm families this year in Conservation Agriculture in rural Ethiopia through Tearfund and the local church.  On their small farms, averaging less than one acre in size crop yields more than doubled.  Your Canadian funds were matched on a 3:1 basis by CFGB. Families were transformed.  Household income expanded, children were able to go to school, medical expenses were paid for, families ate better. And we heard from Bereket, the leader of the Ethiopian work that church attendance improved in every church were the model training farm was held on church property.

                         Grow with us in 2019 !   Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Winter Wheat ?

     Mid Sept  is usually prime time for harvest in the Prairies !  This year it brought early snow and verrry little sunshine !  It stayed cool and damp and sadly the white never really left the crop ... there were scattered days that allowed for a bit of harvest but if you weren't done harvest early it turned into a severe test of patience to see when harvest could resume... for many in the West it just wasn't possible to finish harvest this fall.  The snow melted off and on and eventually it did cover many acres of unharvested crop.   Wheat was the main crop left out in the cold... this picture is around Erickson, Manitoba.... it's not a Kernels field but it shows the snow level when it was still pretty low!   Much of the wheat that was left out wasn't put into swaths.... it was left standing so it could be straight combined.... not much left standing anymore because it is mainly flat on the ground due to the weight of the snow (s) !   We often think we can control our crop result but in many cases  the weather has a lot more say than we do.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

WallyWheat !

Wally and Eunice have been Kernels of Hope Virtual farmers from the start but look what they are up to now !   This wheat is planted along the street near their house in Edmonton !   Wally has a Kernels of Hope sign up and is getting all kinds of interest and questions of what we do !
 Green thumb ? ( He really is a Rough Rider fan )    Go Wally  !

Our 2018 Project in Wolaita Ethiopia

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

     The Crops are off and running...  below are a few shots of the Soybeans that are growing at the VanHeyst's north of Brandon... the seed took awhile to get going...I drive by this field nearly everyday...   after awhile I had to stop and see if it was growing... it was !   it had a rain to get it started then not  much moisture after that so far... that has allowed the crop to set deep roots again looking for subsoil water.  Along with the water it finds it gets much welcomed nutrients,,,  same things people all over need !  Now we need just the right amount of water heat and lack of storms and hail...   stay tuned  !  

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The project we are supporting this year through Kernels of Hope is in Wolaita, Ethiopia, Africa