By Nancy Abra
The ‘Good Neighbour Project’ is a community project that reaches far beyond the local community, county, province and even Canada. It is part of the ‘Canadian Foodgrains Bank’, which is a Christian-based charitable organization that facilitates the collection and distribution of cash, grain and other agricultural commodities to the world’s hungry through its member agencies.
This project was started by Art Cholmedley in 1994 involving a few local farmers, together with churches in the West Nissouri Twp – Thorndale area. Throughout the 25 years they have been using June Urquhart’s 24 acres of land, located west of Thorndale on Prospect Hill Road, rotating between wheat, corn and soya beans. During the length of this ‘Good Neighbour Project’ they have sent to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank head office in Winnipeg, $12,000 per year which is matched by the Canadian Federal Government 4 to 1 for this charity.
This year’s crop was wheat and has been recently harvested. It will be sold at a local elevator. After expenses of rent, seed, fertilizer, spraying and harvesting, the committee of this ‘Good Neighbour Project’ hopes that with the excellent yield they will be sending another healthy donation to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. There are 10 churches involved this year – three from London and the rest from Thames Centre.
As the ‘Good Neighbour Project’ committee does every year, there will be a pork BBQ and corn roast on August 18th at Brown’s United Church, (west of Hwy 19, on Plover Mills Road) with entertainment at 5:30pm and supper at 6pm. Everyone is invited. There is no admission charge but people are asked to bring a favourite salad or dessert to share along with dishes and lawn chair. There will also be a donation jar to contributions for this ‘Good Neighbour Project’.