I've Never Had Such A Harvest in My Life!

My name is Christopher. I’m married with seven children and depend on farming to support my family.  Before I received training, I did not know there was a way to farm that makes your soil fertile instead of depleting it. We learned how to make our own compost, and also how to prepare natural insecticide and fungicide for our vegetables. They also taught us a lot of farm management methods, and how to store our crops after harvesting so we wouldn’t lose them to pests or mold.

I received better maize and soybean seed and cassava cuttings for my 2.5-acre plot. I did a little comparison between the improved maize and some local maize I grew.  I harvested 18 110-lb. bags of improved maize and only nine of the local maize, and five bags of soybeans.  I have never had such a harvest in my life, even though I used to cultivate more land.

I am ready to sell some of my grain to pay for home, farm and school expenses, and will save some of the money to buy the seed for next season. I’ll pay back a tenth of what I’ve produced so other farmers can receive the same blessing I have.  I’m planning on working hard to double the size of my fields. Conservation farming is very good for us small-scale farmers.

On behalf of my family, I thank the organization and all partners for looking into our plight. May God bless you and give back 100 times into your life and resources what you’ve done for us.

Photo caption: Raised-bed vegetable garden

Zambia Northwest Program
Led by Nazarene Compassionate Ministries and local partner NCM Africa
47 communities, 450 households, 4,500 individuals

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Homegrown help for those overseas

OTTAWA, Ill. — At a time when farmers’ bottom lines are feeling the bite of lower commodity prices, so are charities that benefit from the sale of farm commodities.“It makes a huge difference. It’s reducing what we can send,” Jerry Lundeen said. Lundeen is a board member of the Foods Resource Bank and the coordinator of its Somonauk Growing Project.

Foods Resource Bank is a Christian organization, based in Western Springs, that links urban and rural churches in growing projects that help people in developing nations grow and produce their own food. 

Once a year, different growing projects come together for a harvest celebration. At the Randy and Judy Rosengren farm near Ottawa, 28 churches representing the

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Seeds of Faith raising money for needy people worldwide

It's a cause that befits its name, Seeds of Faith, as seeds are literally planted through faith so that others less fortunate may reap the benefits throughout the world. The brainchild of Lowell and Cindy Baker of the Congregational UCC Church in Shenandoah 11 years ago, Seeds of Faith has now raised over $200,000 for impoverished people in 3rd-World countries.

Lowell first heard about the Foods Resource Bank in 2004 and thought it would be a great missions project for his church,

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Olives offer an impressive fundraising opportunity

I just called to say olive you.

Armed with hats, gloves and smiles, more than 40 volunteers came calling Sunday to show their love at Jim and Andrea Mayer’s olive orchard on County Road 27 in Woodland by picking as many olives as possible for a good cause.

In a joint fundraising effort between Davis Community Church and Woodland Presbyterian Church, the harvested olives will be pressed by the Mayers’ Frate Sole Olive Oil Company into extra virgin olive oil and sold at the Davis Farmers Market, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Foods Resource Bank Davis Growing Project, which supports communities overseas working to end hunger.

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IN Church Grows Crops for Worlds Hungry

Solving world hunger is an ongoing problem for all nations. One solution is to provide food, but another is to help the mostly poor, rural families in less developed countries who lack the means and education to grow their own food.

At Union Center Church of the Brethren Church near Nappanee, the congregation has embraced the philosophy of self-sufficiency for these areas of the world. The church uses the profit from its own farmland and members' land to finance educational projects and farm supplies through a nonprofit organization known as Foods Resource Bank.

As a Missions and Service commission member for the church, Carl Detwiler was looking for a venture with global outreach

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