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Harvest is in the air

The thrill of harvest at a field near you

Cross Borders Community Growing Project, the Kola area harvest to help the hungry, is holding their annual barbecue next Thursday at the Koop family’s land, two miles east of Kola.

Don and Jan Neufeld organize this large project which will see 10 combines (more or less) eat up 275 acres of wheat. Hopefully, they will finish that day - if conditions are right to combine.

As soon as the picnic is over, the combines roar to life. Spectators enjoy the sight of the huge equipment heading into the field.

This year there are no swaths. The standing wheat field will be straight-combined.

Dealerships and private farmers contribute the use of their machines, including grain hauling semis.

Rain or shine, the Barbecue is on, says Jan Neufeld. Each year it seems like more and more families unpack their lawn chairs and attend the festive barbecue lunch - nearly 200 people showed up last year.

The event traditionally raises over $100,000 for Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a charity that works to alleviate hunger in the developing world with emergency help and practical education.

At Kola, BDO sponsors the barbecue and Valleyview Co-op pitches in.

Many community contributors make the barbecue and harvest a huge success.