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Help Colchester 4H fix barn: Truro Agromart in close race for $15,000

A 4H member and her rabbit in the Colchester County 4H barn at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Truro last fall.
A 4H member and her rabbit in the Colchester County 4H barn at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Truro last fall.

TRURO, N.S. – Your online vote could help Colchester 4H win $15,000 to fix up their barn at the exhibition grounds.

The Truro Agromart is in a Thank a Retailer contest against nine agriculture retailers in Ontario and only about 200 votes out of first place.

If they win, the Truro Agromart will donate their prize to the Colchester 4H for repairs to their barn at the exhibition grounds.

“The numbers are against us before we even start,” says Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community – everybody is sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it’s really taken off. We have even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

Conrod says 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof – it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4-H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4-H clubs in Nova Scotia.

The contest is sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA is offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.

The Truro Agromart is in a Thank a Retailer contest against nine agriculture retailers in Ontario and only about 200 votes out of first place.

If they win, the Truro Agromart will donate their prize to the Colchester 4H for repairs to their barn at the exhibition grounds.

“The numbers are against us before we even start,” says Don Conrod, president of Colchester 4H. “But 4H has tremendous support throughout this community – everybody is sharing emails and posting on Facebook and it’s really taken off. We have even got votes from family members in Qatar.”

Conrod says 4H in Colchester has grown so much, to 382 members in seven clubs, that the barn can no longer hold all the participants and their animals.

The barn dates back to the 1980s and should have had more regular maintenance over the years.

“It catches up with you and now the big things are repairs to the doors and roof – it needs a major upgrade,” said Conrod.

The metal on the walls needs repairing as well and the rabbit cage shelves need to be modified and the feed room needs repairing too.

The barn is also often used for the annual provincial 4-H show. This provincial show is the largest of its kind in Canada, open to all the 2,400 members in the 100 4-H clubs in Nova Scotia.

The contest is sponsored by ADAMA Canada, a manufacturer and distributor with roots in Israel, specializing in crop protection products including herbicides, insecticides and fungicides.

Truro Agromart supplies crop inputs and associated services to farmers, specializing in fertilizer, seed, agricultural pesticides, farm supply, and agronomic services including crop scouting, GPS mapping, and soil sampling.

ADAMA is offering four prizes of $15,000; one in Alberta and British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, one in Manitoba and one in Eastern Canada.

Colchester County 4H president Don Conrod and beef project member Mackenzie Hearn relax in the Colchester County 4H barn at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Grounds in Truro last fall.

As of 10:30 a.m., Truro Agromart had 15,598 votes, and Huron Perth Ag Services in Woodham Ontario had 15,856 votes.

The contest started in November and closes tonight, Feb. 28 at midnight – people can vote online, one vote per email address.

Follow this link to see the profile of and vote for Truro Agromart .

jonathan.riley@tc.tc

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