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Community Grow-A-Row corporate challenge


The results are in By Tania Moffat


Members of Winnipeg Airports Authority that took part in harvesting the garden this year. 2015 Grow-A-Row


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or the last three years, Win- nipeg Airports Authority has been challenging cor- porations and others to join


them in their efforts to Grow-A-Row for Winnipeg Harvest. Tis year, a to- tal of 14 businesses and schools rose to the challenge. Some were able to grow their produce in garden plots while others grew donations in plant- ers or repurposed recycling boxes; either way, every pound counted. At the airport, staff members take


turns volunteering their time to plant, weed and harvest their massive gar- den, donating the fruits of their la- bour to a good cause. “It’s an oppor- tunity to give something back to our community,” states Winnipeg Air- ports Authority president and CEO Barry Rempel. Tis year, the team grew potatoes,


carrots, beets, onions, rutabagas and parsnips, adding up to a total of nearly 3,800 pounds! In total, the Winnipeg Airports Authority has donated al- most 46,000 pounds of fresh produce to Winnipeg Harvest over the last 20 years! Companies met at Winnipeg Har-


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corporate challenge participants


Winnipeg Airports Authority


Red River College Notre Dame Campus Standard Aero


Pegasus Publications Inc., The Hub Payne Transportation


Courtyard Marriott Winnipeg Airport Manitoba Blue Cross Winnipeg Free Press Graham Construction


Deanne Crothers, MLA St. James constituency office 7-Eleven Airport


Garden City Shopping Centre Unisource


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vest this fall for a friendly weigh-in of their donations. Together, those involved donated more than 6,500 pounds of fresh produce and $635 dollars! Tese donations will be re- distributed to over 61,000 people that need emergency food each month in Manitoba, nearly half of whom are children. Grow-A-Row had its start here in 1986, when Winnipeg residents Ron


and Eunice O’Donovan produced more potatoes in their backyard gar- den than they could consume and passed their surplus along to Win- nipeg Harvest. Teir donation was so appreciated that they encouraged their friends and neighbours to do the same the following year. Teir efforts have made Grow-A-Row a popular way for people and businesses to give back, yielding millions of pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to combat hunger in Winnipeg. Te Grow-A- Row program has since become a national program in partnership with Food Banks Canada.


Businesses and individuals across the province are invited to join the fight against hunger and Grow-A- Row for Winnipeg Harvest next year. Don’t stop now! Harvest receives


donations throughout the fall and Christmas; however, their shelves are often depleted by January and Febru- ary. It’s important we all try to sup- port Manitoba’s hungry families with our donations all year long. Tere are always families in need. Call 204.982.3581 or visit winni- pegharvest.org to donate.


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