We Rise. We Rally.
A charitable campaign aiming to bring Agriculture together.
We live on big spreads and tiny homesteads, farms, ranches, and everywhere in between. Neighbours separated by barbed wire fences and gravel roads, divided by section lines and field boundaries. We are wives and mothers, husbands and fathers, producers and consumers, held together by the threads of history and love.
Here, in these vast, wide-open places, we answer the call of caregiver to the land, the animals, and our families with open hearts and willing hands.
The miles of gravel and pavement between our homes can make the isolation of rural life feel insurmountable. Sometimes we struggle to reach out and ask for help, even though we never pause when one of our own needs our support.
We come together in times of crisis and in times of joy. We celebrate together when the markets are up and hold each other together when the world falls apart.
We support each other’s families from the sidelines and in the trenches.
We show up for each other; operating equipment, working cattle, cooking meals, and offering a shoulder to cry on when there is nothing else we can do.
We may get knocked down, but together we get back up and carry on. We are fighters, who never back down from a challenge or allow obstacles to stop us in our tracks.
When the going gets tough, we rally. We rise from the ashes of heartbreak because this life is in our blood and is part of our soul. Though we are proud of our independence and our strength, we know that together, we can overcome challenges we can’t handle alone.
The Agriculture industry is like no other. Farmers and Ranchers are truly the eternal optimists. We work against the clock and the elements on a daily basis. We stand alone in our fields and come together in need. The Rally campaign was built for this purpose – To stand together and support one another. We are the faces of agriculture no matter the size of your operation. We stand united whether we’re conventional or organic, grass or grain finished, big Ag or small farm. We’re all in this together.
The Rally Campaign is a fundraising effort to provide funds for Agricultural organizations. Currently the main focus will be selling t-shirts from SHOP WildRoseFarmer with $4 of the proceeds being equally split between the two organizations.
The Rally Campaign will run on a quarterly basis with two new charitable organizations to donate to every quarter.
The goals of the Rally Campaign
- Raise money and awareness for the selected Agricultural organizations
- Stand together to help support those in need in Agriculture
Current Charities of The Rally Campaign
The Do More Ag Foundation
Do More Ag is a not-for-profit organization focusing on mental health in agriculture across Canada. They are champions for the mental wellbeing of all Canadian producers and are changing the culture of Agriculture to one where all producers are encouraged, supported and empowered to take care of their mental wellbeing.
Money raised for the Do More Ag Foundation goes towards educating the Ag industry on mental health, breaking the stigma that currently exists, creating a community of belonging, support and resources, as well as ensuring research in this field can continue.
The vision of AgrAbility is to enhance quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities, so that they, their families, and their communities continue to succeed in rural America. For this target audience, “success” may be defined by many parameters, including: gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation; access to appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities; evidence-based information related to the treatment and rehabilitation of disabling conditions; and targeted support for family caregivers of AgrAbility customers. AgrAbility addresses a wide variety of disabling conditions in agriculture, including, but not limited to:
- Spinal cord injuries/paralysis
- Back impairments
- Brain injury
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Disabling diseases
- Cerebral palsy
- Respiratory impairments
- Head injury
The National AgrAbility Project is committed to helping military veterans who choose agriculture as their “Next Mission,” as well as beginning farmers with disabilities or other functional limitations.
Since its establishment, the AgrAbility Program has provided services to agricultural workers with disabilities from many racial and cultural backgrounds. In 2014, with funding from USDA, the CHS Foundation, and the Farmer Veteran Coalition, two new staff members were hired to help the NAP significantly expand its outreach to several “special populations”:
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A special thank you to Randell at Randell Nicole Designs for helping my vision of the Rally logo become a reality. As well, thank you to Richelle at The Prairie Crocus Blog & Photography for helping me put together the beautiful words to highlight this campaign.