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Spuds away! PEI farmers sending $30K worth of potatoes to Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Spuds away! PEI farmers sending $30K worth of potatoes to Fort McMurray

(Left to right) Potato Board GM Greg Donald, Potato Board Chairman Alex Docherty, Jennifer Harris from Mid Isle Farms, and Salvation Army Major Daniel Roode pose in front of donated potatoes // Supplied by Greg Donald

The generosity of Canadians continues to benefit Fort McMurray.

Farmers from “tip-to-tip” of Prince Edward Island have come together and produced $30,000-worth of potatoes to send to the Food Bank and Salvation Army.

The 22,674 kg of potatoes are leaving the island Wednesday, and are expected to arrive in eight days.

“Shortly after the wildfire, we started getting calls from growers,” said P.E.I. Potato Board General Manager Greg Donald. “Moving people around and the fire and all that, they weren’t able to take fresh potatoes at that time.”

He said they waited for a call from the Alberta Food Bank and the Salvation Army to give them the okay to send a donation. From there, farmers and packers were contacted and it all came together rather quickly.

“P.E.I. farmers, maritimers, Canadians are quick to help out somebody else when they’re in need,” Donald said. “It’s pretty amazing, I’m extremely proud to work for them.”

The donations were gathered by the head of the Potato Board, Alex Docherty, who is a farmer himself. He supplied his tractor trailer to travel the island province to collect the donations, and now Cavendish Farms is freighting them across the country.

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