The public is invited to attend the Harvest Celebration for the Fields of Hope project near Polk City on Saturday, October 16 beginning at 10 am. The event will feature combine rides, a petting zoo, hay rack ride, a harvest worship service and lunch. There are no registration fees but a free will offering will be taken and participants are asked to bring their own lawn chair and dress for the weather.
The location of the Harvest Celebration will be at the Fields of Hope farm located on a paved road just 1 ½ miles east of Polk City which is north of Des Moines in Polk County in central Iowa. Take Highway 415 between Ankeny and Polk City and look for the Fields of Hope signs and red arrows to the corn field located on NW 44th Street.
The local crop-growing projects are part of Foods Resource Bank
The Fields of Hope is one of several crop growing projects in Iowa that are a part of the Foods Resource Bank, which helps feed hungry people. The Polk City site is in its 4th year after two years of being held on a farm near Alleman.
The project began with mission-minded farmers working with rural and urban churches in the Des Moines area in an effort to combat world hunger. Local agribusinesses have donated seed, fertilizer and crop protection chemicals and funds were raised to cover the costs of land and other expenses to produce the crop. The North Polk FFA Chapter has provided assistance with the project and members will host the petting zoo.
The corn will be harvested on October 16. Proceeds from that sale of the crop and other funds raised will purchase food supplies, seeds and tools that can be used to eliminate hunger and long-term food security programs for farm families in Western Guatemala. To learn more about the Fields of Hope project near Polk City, contact Steve Lee at (515) 984-6010 or e-mail SLee605722@aol.com.