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Wicomico County Farmer Directs America's Farmers Grow Communities Donation to Parkside High CTE Horticulture and FFA

Local farmer Lee Richardson recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to Parkside High CTE Horticulture and FFA. Parkside FFA will use the funds to develop and maintain the Boundless Community Garden in the City of Salisbury.
“Parkside FFA is grateful for the continuing support from Lee and Kay Richardson. Through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, the Richardson family has provided expanded opportunities for our students to engage in projects throughout the community.” said, Jerry Kelley, Parkside FFA Advisor.
Since 2010, the America’s Farmers programs have awarded more than $59 million to nonprofits, aspiring ag students and public schools across rural America. Farmers are leaders in their communities, which is why America’s Farmers programs rely on them to help identify the most worthy causes. Dedicated to making a difference in rural farming communities, the Grow Communities program asks farmers across the country to participate by nominating nonprofit organizations with resources to strengthen their local communities. Last August, farmers entered for the chance to direct a $2,500 Grow Communities donation to a local eligible nonprofit of their choice. Farmers have directed donations to food banks, emergency response organizations, schools, youth agriculture programs and many others that reflect the spirit and support the vibrancy of rural America.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone, including those in rural regions, and farmers play a critical role in helping communities overcome challenges, like the ones we’re currently facing” said Al Mitchell, Bayer Fund president. “Bayer Fund is proud to work side-by-side with farmers to identify local eligible nonprofit organizations that are able to provide their residents with solutions that leave a lasting impact.”
To learn more about how America’s Farmers programs are making an impact, visit