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Local food grains community growing project huge success

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The Coaldale Lethbridge Community Growing Project with a very successful harvest. In fact, the best year on record.

The 158 acre barley crop, southeast of Coaldale, was harvested late last week.

Officials say in the 14 years this project has been going on, this was the highest yielding crop they’ve ever had.

The project also managed to produce 715 straw bales.

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The proceeds from this year’s crop and straw once paid for will generate approximately $140,000 in sales this year.

That money will be sent to the Canadian Food Grains Bank to be used in global efforts to feed those in need.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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