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Oct 24, 2017

A Bumper Corn Harvest for Kids

The Christian youth organization Belize Camping Experience annually raises funds for its programs through a novel means. They recruit rural farmers to plant and nurture crops of corn, rice and in past years, soybeans.  At the time of harvest, youths from disadvantaged areas, especially in Belize City, take a day trip to the site and see the action for themselves. This year, the annual corn harvest took place in Central Farm, Cayo District, and B.C.E. Director Alexander Perez told News Five that after an early setback, the corn crop recovered magnificently, leaving the visiting youths in awe.


Alexander Perez

Alexander Perez, Director, Belize Camping Experience

“I’m recalling that we went two months ago, when the plant was growing and we took the kids. And the whole plantation was full of worms. The only thing – because we’re not farmers, we do the work with the children and the youths – the only thing we could do was stretch our hands and say ‘Lord, this is in your hands,’ and the farmers would look after it. Saturday we went and we had the opportunity to have a lot of farmers involved. We had eight machines that paraded down the highway with a patrol and they came into Central Farm where we had thirty-seven acres of corn planted and we were able to have a harvest. One of the good things of the harvest that happened this year is that we saw more people involved. The opportunity that we experienced, that full coverage of the thirty-seven acres was covered by many different companies, like Westrac; Brodies got involved, Prosser Fertilizer and others, and a hundred percent of the expense. On the top of that, on the day of the harvest we got a bumper crop which is not very heard especially at this time of the year because, apparently due to more lack of rain in the crops. And we were able to have a bumper crop where we didn’t have enough semi trucks to take the whole corn from the field.”


Marco Barrientos

Marco Barrientos, Volunteer

“We actually took sixteen, estimated, children from Jane Usher Boulevard and they had an excellent time. The smiles on their faces, [they were] speechless. It was their first time experiencing this and it was amazing for them.”


The rice harvest took place in June. Circle R Products promotes the program by selling specially-packaged bags of rice from which proceeds it donates. 

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