The founder of Farm Rescue was recently named the Honorary Farmer of the Year in Quincy, WA, during a citywide celebration on Farmer Consumer Awareness Day (FCAD).
“We chose Bill [Gross] as this year’s Honorary Farmer of the Year because we consider him a total friend of agriculture,” said Chet Pedersen, FCAD board member. “This [Farm Rescue] is something unique.”
Gross founded Farm Rescue in 2005. The nonprofit organization plants and harvests crops, free of charge, for farm families that have suffered a major illness, injury or natural disaster. Gross grew up on a farm near Cleveland, ND, and is a full-time pilot for UPS Airlines.
“Farm Rescue and the Farmer Consumer Awareness Day event share a common goal of raising awareness for the important role that farmers and ranchers play in providing quality food and economic stability in America,” said Gross. “It is inspiring to see the vast support of Farm Rescue’s mission from people throughout the United States.”
The annual celebration was started in 1981 by a frustrated farmer, who heard a story about a woman that complained to her grocer about the high cost of food and the need to eliminate farmers. When the surprised grocer asked her where she thought her food came from, the woman replied, “From Safeway, naturally.”
The all-day celebration is held on the second Saturday in September and includes tours of area processing plants and farms, displays of farm equipment, and a farmer’s market.
Farm Rescue has assisted 155 farm families in the region since operations began in 2006. The organization is funded solely through donations, business sponsorships and grants. For more information, go to farmrescue.org or call 701-252-2017.
Source: Farm Rescue