Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mathematics for 2015

Adding & Subtracting & Multiplying 2 ways really Equals more than we may ever really know !

I had a chance today to go through all the numbers for the Kernels of Hope for the 2015 Crop we raised...

The We counts all the virtual farmers and the real farmers...

I can't name all the Virtual Farmers ( people out there who paid for the cost of production for this years crop,,, )   The Real Farmers that I can mention were West Elton, Tim Penner, Ron VanHeyst and Earl V,  of the Brandon area and the Johnson's of Tween Lakes Farms of Hyas / Norquay and the VanBurgsteden's also of Saskatchewan.... what a great group doing our real work for us....  

Back to the math... When you add all the donations to the crop that was grown  ( the seed also multiplies so much through Gods plan of multiplication...)  then we sell the crop and the Government multiplies the money again 4 to 1 or by five...( Now they are called DFATD)  . wow... This year we cleared $225,000 ... Congrats and Thankyou... The funds will help World Relief Canada and the CFGB help so many people in Malio of the Beni Territry in the The Democratic Republic of Congo...   Again we know the end result is bigger than any math we can do on our own...

Thanks so much
Ray the Grain Guy

Thursday, December 31, 2015

At the End of the Day

     At the end of the day as they say... or at the End of the Year...  I want to say thankyou to all those that were able to contribute to Kernels of Hope in any way in 2015... at the End of the year... we know we made a difference in such a postive way to so many people in the Congo...  the end of something always means the beginning of something.   This will allow many people to begin to support themselves through their own farming and begin to allow them to flourish as families... It can mean the beginning of  proper nutrition,  the beginning of education for youth ... the beginning of being proud of what they can do for themselves...
 Thank you for allowing beginnings !

May 2016 bring you and yours Health, Prosperity and Peace.
Ray the Grain Guy

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Malio Project for 2015 in DR Congo


     It's all coming together !  
Our real farmers have been working hard and often battling the weather conditions but things are coming together.  We often had rain when it wasn't wanted especially this fall when the crop was ready to harvest.  Some say it builds character... I know though when we put it all together every year it builds families and better lives for them...Building Hope....

   Tween Lakes at Hyas have the Kernels wheat in the grain Cart now...they just finished harvest this week...  Gerald and Darla of Kinistino ha better weather this year and pulled off a sweet 55 bushels per acre of wheat  on their 50 acres designated to Kernels !   Ron VanHeyst with Earls help grew a whopper of a canola crop getting 50 bushels per acre on his 6 Kernels acres.  We found a great unused contract and got $12.15 per bushel for those 300 bushels....  Canola is usually $10 / bu the past 2 years . $12.15 is at the top of any price in that time.  Grant of Jardine Farms has 500 bushels of wheat ready to come to market from his 10 acres.... Grant had good quality wheat using his green thumb for others too !   Steve and Loni of West Elton Farms at Brandon have been real Kernels farmers longer than anyone and they will be hauling soon.   Their friends Tim and Heidi Penner from Justice ( the most appropriate address for Kernels possible )  brought in 528 bushels of wheat from their Kernels field.  Don't forget that the federal Govt  matches much of our produce 4 to 1    So 528 bushels is 2640 bu !     Go back and work out the canola at Rons with this formula... Making a difference one kernel at a time. No news yet from Prairie Soils at Norquay but there will be good things happening there as always...  The Nelson of Alberta will also let us know how the crop was there... drought ?  maybe   maybe not !
   If you were wanting to help this year to fund our Malio project that helps to improve food production and consumption for  600 farming families from 8 villages in Beni Territory, North Kivu Province in the DR Congo ... its not too late....  if you or anyone in your family history has ever been really hungry you'll know that waiting till next year isn't a good option ...   Stay tuned for the years wrap up !
   Many Thanks & Blessings ,
Ray the Grain Guy

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Early Morning September 29 at Ron's field by Brandon... the canola has been harvested...  the field is empty ( like many peoples dreams and food cupboards in The Congo)   The sunrise here is like what you are doing for the people there...  Providing nourishment which leads to health and the ability to produce their own crops and to provide dreams and Hope !   Hope... the short word that is so huge for all of us ! It's a new day.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Lined up and ready !

The Canola at Ron's has been swathed for about two weeks...  You cut it after it starts to mature and you let it dry up in the swath to be ready for harvest.  As you swath it often you pull a roller behind the swather that pushes it gently down into the stubble so it anchors it against most wind.  You wouldn't want it blowing to the neighbours field !
This swath has turned brown since I took the picture and is ready and willing to be put into a combine and then a truck and then the grain elevator so it can help people in our Project in the Congo with food and seed and tools... The canola seeds are so little but they do so much !  Just like us !

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Greetings Fellow Farmers!   

      Just wanted to show you the crop stage development of Ron's Canola field at Brandon.
The pods are plentiful and the top picture shows the color change.   Its important to check the seed color change before swathing canola.  Patience is a virtue (As in many things in life ) in timing your swathing ...  The right time gets you larger yield and better quality...  Too early can limit the size of the seeds and lock green inside the seed reducing the value...waiting too long can get you losses from shattering pods or bad weather that could blow your swaths all over the field ... or frost that could also make it low quality....         Things are looking good !