© Scott Anderson
A pair of combines work in tandem during the Land for Land harvest in support of Rock Solid Refuge on Sept. 14.
A harvest celebration was hosted at the Land for Land fundraising project in support of Rock Solid Refuge this past Saturday, with a pair of combines running in tandem to harvest a bountiful crop.
A celebration was hosted at the Wendell Patzer farm on Saturday, with approximately 100 people turning out to recognize the fundraising effort in support of paying off the land debt at Rock Solid Refuge. Rock Solid is a 12 to 15 month residential program which works with teen boys who struggle with life controlling issues. Rock Solid started as a seasonal program at Simmie Bible Camp in 2007, but had always had a vision to grow into a year round program. They have been operating for the past 15 months at a location 30 minutes northeast of Shaunavon.
Wendell and Wendy Patzer donated their land and leased additional acres from neighbours Henry and Tina Fehr for this growing project in support of helping Rock Solid become debt free as quickly as possible.
"We've been involved with Rock Solid Refuge from the beginning when it was first at a bible camp down at Simmie," Wendell Patzer said, noting he was also one of the individuals involved with helping build their current location.
As a former farmer from the Frontier area, he had been looking for an acreage with an attached piece of land he could direct towards charitable efforts.
"We wanted to have a place where we had some room and some land so we could donate and give to charities," Patzer said. "We prayed for a place that He would provide that we could use the money to help out ministries like this."
Patzer estimated the durum field would be yielding 65 bushels per acre, a common yield across the region this harvest.
"It's just amazing so we're very thankful."
He is a big believer in the supportive program delivered at Rock Solid.
"Really it's sad that there's such a need," Patzer said. "It's sad, but yet it's a need. We can't deny that need is there. They seem to be making a difference in those kid's lives. Not all of them are cured, but the vast majority seem to be. It seems to be working."