On Saturday, August 9, volunteers picked, bagged, put on pallets and loaded 61,000 ears of sweet corn onto a semi in 3 hours! 90 volunteers, hailing from the Fort Morgan area and members of Calvary Chapel Aurora, joined forces and brought their heavy lifting skills out into the field to pick, pack and load all the corn. Corn was donated to Food Bank of the Rockies and our sister Feeding Colorado Food Banks – Care and Share, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County and Weld Food Bank.
Thanks go out to:
- Mike and Kari Kosman and family. The Kosman’s grew the sweet corn crop, donating land, water, planting, equipment and crop management.
- CPS (Tim Carpenter) for providing agronomic support and donating the agronomic inputs.
- CHS (Ronnie Graff, Dan Widener) for providing the BBQ lunch, front end loader and volunteers.
- Simplot (Jason Lorenzini, Rex May) for providing equipment and help lead picking crews.
- Doug Linton for providing the pallet packing / truck loading crew.
- Morgan County Young Farmers (Brent Kliesen) for providing volunteer pickers.
- Pope Farms (Derek Pope) for providing sweet corn expertise, pallets and some of the mesh bags.
- Wickham Tractor for providing equipment.
- The Fort Morgan boys basketball teams for volunteering!
- Monsanto’s Seminis vegetable seed business for donating the sweet corn seed and volunteering.
Monsanto also made a cash contribution directly to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Thank you to everyone who made this donation possible!