South Rowan FFA receives $2,500 donation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 18, 2017

CHINA GROVE — The South Rowan Future Farmers of America club will receive a $2,500 donation from Rowan County farmer Craig Corriher.

Corriher won the opportunity to make the donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to help farm communities by partnering with farmers to support causes that are important in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit group.

The club will use the money to help fight hunger by raising chickens for egg production and growing fruits and vegetables on the agriculture department’s land laboratory. The fresh eggs, fruits and vegetables will be donated to Main Street Mission in China Grove and the Unity Mobile Meals program at Unity United Methodist Church. FFA members will care for the chickens and collect their eggs and plant, raise and harvest the fruits and vegetables.

Since the Grow Communities program began in 2010, farmers have directed more than $26 million in donations across a broad cross-section of organizations, including food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others.

For more information or to see a complete list of the 2017 America’s Farmers Grow Communities recipients, visit