For their second year tending to a 200-acre charity field to the south of Marquis Road, Moker & Thompson Implements has selected the Mont St. Joseph Foundation to reap its benefits.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Moker & Thompson Implements operations manager Aaron McLean and Mont St. Joseph Foundation operating board chair John Swystun, from left, are seen at a charity field south of Marquis Road and next to a Seed Hawk drill.
Last yearâs wheat field raised about $38,000 for the Red River Roping and Riding Arena re-build effort
Moker & Thompson Implements operations manager Aaron McLean said that heâs not sure how much this yearâs canola field will raise, since prices are jumping up and down.
âThe weatherâs a big factor now,â he concluded, adding that things are now in âGodâs hands.â
âTwo years ago we were looking for land to rent to try out our machinery and stuff â get them ready before we sell them to customers, demo and make sure they work right,â he said.
âLast year was our first year so we had a lot of learning curves, so this year weâre a bit more organized and have a lot more support.â
A key piece of machinery to the annual effort is a Seed Hawk drill, which McLean credits as providing phenomenal, persistently even seeding.
After having seeded only six days ago, the canola crop is emerging, he said, motioning to tiny green spouts sticking out of the ground.
In addition to seeding, the equipment spreads fertilizer.
For the Mont St. Joseph Foundation, the field will mean a lot, operating board chair John Swystun said.
Although the government funds the Mont St. Joseph Homeâs operational needs, âwhat we donât get is capital funding, depreciation of equipment, building and that type of thing,â he said.
âThe roof on our building will have to be replaced in five to seven years, at about $400,000, and we get no capital funding from the province,â
McLean said that heâs just happy to have another party benefit from the charity field.
âItâs a lot of fun and itâs a good cause,â he said. âWeâre lucky that we can do this kind of thing, and the more people that can take the opportunity to help out the community the better.â