Harvest Land Helping Bulldogs

We were recently approached by a community member who works with Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs, which is a group comprised of the 5 local Centerville Churches.  Prior to the pandemic, the churches were starting a cooperative focused on helping fund after school tutoring for families who could not afford it and to pay off lunch debt for students so they could continue to receive school lunches. When schools closed, they refocused their efforts to feeding students in need.

The Centerville school system received approval to provide 10 meals a week through May 20th. They continue to work alongside schools to provide supplemental food during this school break and now provide fresh and pantry foods one time a week to cover the 11 meals per week not covered by the school.

The need for food has grown weekly and in order to provide supplemental food to over 400 students, their recent cost was approximately $1500. This money purchased fresh and pantry food from Gleaners food bank in Indianapolis.  As long as hungry students come to the distributions, they hope to continue to provide them with food through this time of crisis, but they’re running out of funds.

Harvest Land partnered with Land O’Lakes to contribute $1,500 towards Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs so these students could continue to receive meals for another week. As a farmer-owned co-op, we’re awfully passionate about feeding people, especially those in our hometowns.

If you want to learn more about the Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs program or to make a donation to ensure a meal for a child, we invite you to visit their Facebook page.

We’re operating with many unknowns in the world today, but one thing we believe strongly in is that no child should go hungry. We’re proud to partner with Land O’Lakes and Bulldogs Helping Bulldogs during this time to cultivate communities and keep kids fed.

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Custom Application Education & Exploration

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Earlier this week we hosted nineteen high school students who have expressed an interest in the work that Harvest Land does. These students had all attended our Career Days which we hosted in November 2019. Following the event, they indicated that they were interested in more information regarding Custom Application.

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As we build relationships with students across our region and explain our Co-op and the careers that we offer, it is important that we give them the opportunity to dive deeper into what that entails exactly. It’s easy for us to say, “Here is a TerraGator. You could be a Custom Applicator and operate this someday,” but for a student that has never had the opportunity to operate a machine of that size, that can sometimes seem unrealistic or leave them feeling that they wouldn’t be qualified.

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Our goal of these workshops was to give students the opportunity to actually sit behind the wheel and operate those large pieces of equipment, to try their hand at our Applicator Simulator and to provide the steps that they could take that would lead from graduation to a successful career.

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As a Co-op, successful Custom Applicators are absolutely pivotal for our business’ success.

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Shenandoah (7), Upper Valley Career Center (6), Miami Valley Career Technology Center (1), Hamilton Southeastern (1) and Monroe Central (4) all brought students to the custom application exploration event.

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The event included stations that covered a number of topics, including:

  • Soil Sampling – Operation of RTV and collection of a soil sample
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • TerraGator Operation (and education regarding equipment as well)
  • Classroom Session – Custom Application 101
  • Applicator Simulator

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Brandon Lanman, Applicator, visits with a student

Our YieldPro team was instrumental in putting this event on. They organized stations and hosted the site for the day. Harvest Land had applicators join us from various ag centers to teach at the stations, giving the students a true look at the position from those to experience it daily.  Joining us were Brandon Lanman and Duane Brooks (Wayne County Ag) as well as Gaar Holp and Michael Bennet (Central Ohio Ag).

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Duane Brooks prepared a table with an actual look at potash, MAP, and urea as well as scaled equipment and educational manuals.

Danielle Baumer, HR Support at Harvest Land, organized the event. “We truly enjoyed engaging with each and every student that joined us for the Custom Applicator Workshop. We appreciate the time that they’ve taken to learn more about the opportunities that present themselves within our Cooperative and look forward to working with them again, whether it be at future workshops, Career Days, or within internships or employment. If these students are any indication of our future, the future is bright.”

We’re excited to host such students who have a sincere interest in what we do. Thank you to all teachers who made the day out of school possible for these students.

To learn more about this position within Harvest Land, watch this!

 

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