Saskatchewan’s Farmland Legacies: Sustainability for the Earth and Those in Need
Last Updated on December 19, 2018
A little south of Little Quill Lake near Wynyard, Saskatchewan lies what the operators of Farmland Legacies affectionately refer to as “the Home Quarter”. Comprised of 7 full quarters of land, the project seeks to model sustainable land use and agriculture as a means of not only providing good stewardship of the earth but for feeding the hungry as well. Community Outreach manager, Matthew Dipple is excited to share their story and invite your participation:
Farmland Legacies is a charity that was started in the mid-1990s with seed money from the three Roman Catholic dioceses in the province, and today are blessed with an ecumenical board of directors. Our mission is to help build a food system which meets the needs of farmers, of the land, and the hungry in our community.
Meeting the needs of the hungry:
Since 2014, we have donated a portion of the grass-fed beef we produce on the farm each year to food banks and soup kitchens in the province, through the generosity of our supporters. We can grow the impact of donation dollars by producing top-quality beef for below market cost. Every $1 donated covers the cost of 1 ¼-lb serving of ground beef. Last year we donated 30,000 servings, and our target for this year is 40,000 servings!
This year, in addition to food banks, we are excited to partner with the Marian Centre soup kitchen in Regina, which serves a daily meal to hungry men in the city. We’re quite proud to share with donors, and the general public just how many locations throughout Saskatchewan have benefitted from quality, sustainable, grass-fed Saskatchewan beef through our interactive locations map.
Meeting the needs of the land:
By raising our cattle herd on grass, and practicing holistic management, we can work with rather than against nature to produce good quality local food. We incorporate leafcutter bees as pollinators to improve our pastures and produce solar power to run a number of our electric fences and water bowls. We also work on projects to educate about sustainable agriculture including speaking to classrooms most recently.
Meeting the needs of farmers:
We manage a land trust which acquires arable land through donation or bequest and leases that land to farmers who share our commitment to sustainable agricultural practices and who act as stewards of the land. Farmland Legacies works with leaseholders to ensure that the land is managed responsibly, with a focus on providing long-term, ecologically sound stewardship.
We invite you to join with us in looking for new ways to care for our planet while creating a society that is life-giving for all.