An FRB Volunteer's Story

An FRB  Volunteer's Story

One warm spring day after church, my wife, Gladys, and I stopped at the table on the lawn manned by Marv Baldwin. He was explaining the Growing Project that was a joint endeavor between our First Congregational Church of Western Springs, IL and Park Congregational Church of Mazon, IL. Mazon is a farmland town about fifty miles from our church in suburban Chicago. He told us that FRB was tackling world hunger by helping third world villages establish sustainable improved agriculture that will allow them to feed themselves, earn a modest income and be able to pass along their new-found expertise to neighboring villages.

To this end Marv was “selling” acres of farmland made available by farmers in the Mazon Church. The money, thus raised, provided the input for seed, fertilizer, tractor fuel, etc. for the number of acres supported by the Western Springs church.  The Mazon folks provided all the services necessary to plant, nurture, harvest, and then sell on the open grain markets the yield from our acreage. Due to the efforts of our Mazon friends and the effects of the grain markets, our monetary contribution was multiplied many times over.  The funds realized from the sale of our share of the crops now became available to go to work in rural areas of third world countries. Many Mazon farmers have traveled to these sites to visit the partner organizations and participant farmers in the field.

Gladys and I recognized that the general approach of FRB to worldwide hunger is somewhat similar to what we appreciated in the Heifer Project work we had supported, so it was easy for us to become supporters of this new FRB idea. Gladys passed away in 2005, but I have supported FRB modestly and since January 2011 I have volunteered in the home office in Western Springs, IL.

Thurb Stowell

07/23/2012 | Comments: 0 | Add Comment