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Myersville church's harvest festival to celebrate success of Growing Project

October 04, 2007

The Grossnickle Church of the Brethren's Growing Project will hold a Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. at the Growing Project farm, 11720 Wolfsville Road, Myersville, Md. (near Wolfsville on Md. 17). The festival will celebrate the success of this year's project and will include a Service of Thanksgiving.

The Growing Project is one of 193 projects throughout the United States sponsored by the Foods Resource Bank. FRB is an innovative organization that funds food security programs in the developing world. The programs provide knowledge, tools and networks that contribute toward food security; communities receive the start they need to work toward long-lasting solutions to hunger. Funding for the programs is raised through volunteer-led, agriculturally based growing projects in the United States. The goal is to raise a crop which is sold in U.S. markets so the proceeds can be used for overseas programming.

This year, the Grossnickle project grew corn, wheat and hay on 55 acres of donated farm land. All proceeds from the sale of these crops will go to a program in Zambia, whose goal is to introduce new farming methods and drought-resistant crops, improve child health, and provide HIV-AIDS education. Partners with the Grossnickle congregation are the Hagerstown, Welty and Harmony Churches of the Brethren.

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The festival begins with Zambian and American foods and games, scarecrow building, and other activities. Following a combine demonstration, the Service of Thanksgiving begins at 4 p.m. There will be a cake auction at 5 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, please call the Grossnickle Church of the Brethren at 301-293-9516 or Patty Hurwitz at 301-293-1736.

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