By now you’ve hopefully read through our 2019 Annual Report which was delivered to our farmer-owners in December. The book catalogs the fiscal year, fall 2018 to summer 2019…what a year to write about!
Also in the Annual Report packet were biographies and voting ballets for each of our three districts. This is a big election year with two long-serving Directors retiring off the board.
Steve Hill, Greenfield, IN, and Lloyd Lee, Eldorado, OH have been tremendous assets to our Board of Directors. Their history with our board – and those co-op boards before Harvest Land – runs deep and they’ve been a part of many large and small decisions that have progressed our farmer-owned cooperative to where it is today. We’re proud to be associated with such men who are deeply devoted to their families, farms, and communities, and we’ll surely miss their insight and contributions to our cooperative.
We highly encourage you to read the biographies and vote for your district.
Also, this is your last call to buy tickets for our Annual Meeting! Our 2020 Annual Meeting will be held at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, January 21.
To assist us with meal planning, please purchase tickets ($5.00 each) no later than January 14 from any director or at any Harvest Land facility office. This $5.00 ensures your seat at the meeting.
Don’t forget: Ticket sales end on January 14 and
the event is at the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 6:30 on January 21.
This time next week you’ll be wishing you owned more elastic waistband pants.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, so we thought it was a perfect time to educate eaters about the food on their heaping plate. Because, let’s face it: When you’re stuck at the table with the awkward uncle, you may need something to talk about.
We all know the star of the Thanksgiving Day show is the turkey. Your turkey might have come from one of these top turkey-producing states: Minnesota, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana and Missouri. We know a lot of farmers in our trade territory who have put up turkey barns in the last ten years.
Did you know this about the big birds?:
Turkey is low in fat, high in protein and is a good source of iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins
Cartoon turkeys you normally see are actually dark feathered or wild turkeys. Farmers typically raise a different breed of turkeys which are more efficient at producing meat. These turkeys have white feathers.
Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the official United States bird. Dismayed by news of the selection of the bald eagle, Franklin replied, “The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original of America.” It makes us wonder how our diets might be different had the turkey triumphed.
As part of our commitment to cultivate local communities, Harvest Land recently donated $1,000 to the Centerville United Methodist Church food pantry for their food ministry, then applied for – and was granted – a matching $1,000 grant from Land O’Lakes. A total of $2,000 was donated for the monthly food ministry, as well as the on-demand food pantry where families can receive food assistance any day of the work week by calling the church office.
The United States Department of Agriculture defines “Food Deserts” as parts of the country void of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. Centerville and certain rural areas of Wayne County unfortunately fall into this category.
The Centerville United Methodist Church Monthly Food Ministry was created in an effort to alleviate this problem in our own back yard. They team with Gleaners Food Bank, Inc. of Indiana to provide canned and boxed food, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need. Since beginning their monthly food ministry in September 2017, they’re assisting over sixty local family units each month.
The hunger epidemic can seem so far away when we hear about it on the news. But it really hits home when you realize it affects neighbors in our rural communities.
We’re proud to partner with Land O’Lakes to provide a bit of assistance in the Centerville area this summer, especially while children are home for summer and not able to receive school-prepared meals.