Chisago County farmer wins $2,500 donation

Chisago County farmer Gwen Swenson has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Chisago County 4-H.
Chisago County 4-H will use the funds to continue to expand youth development programs and services to the youth of Chisago County.
“We really appreciate the support of all of our alumni. Many of them still serve in volunteer roles today. This gift is great evidence that our 4-H alumni believe in the power of 4-H and the power of youth,” said Jeremy Freeman, 4-H program coordinator.
The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.
Since the program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations that reflect the makeup and character of rural America, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.
“Farmers have directed funds to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America since Grow Communities began,” said Al Mitchell, Monsanto Fund president. “Farmers are truly committed to this program because they see the difference the donation makes in their community.”
For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit

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