Thank you to everyone who voted in 2023. Public voting is closed and will open again November 1 – 15, 2024.

Raise the Barn in your Community!

People joining together to build strong, vibrant communities is a hallmark of the agriculture industry. Raise the Barn builds on that rich history and brings together independent ag retails and community groups to make a lasting difference where we live and work.

Local Areas of Impact

WinField United Canada retail owners in AB, SK, and MB, as well as independent ag retailers in ON, were eligible to enter a local project that impacted a need in the areas of Mental Health, Hunger, Education or Community Spirit.

  • Mental Health

  • Hunger

  • Education

  • Community Spirit



It All Comes Down to the Votes!

Four regional winners were awarded $8,000 from WinField United Canada. Via public voting, one received an additional grand prize of $20,000 for a total of $28,000 towards their community project.

Meet our 2023 Raise the Barn Grand Prize Winner!

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School Lunch Program

Sierens Seed Service (Somerset, MB)

Prairie Mountain Elementary School’s ACSL operates a School Lunch Program that’s dedicated to serving students with wholesome, hot, and nutritious meals prepared by a team of passionate volunteers. Given the ongoing challenges of increasing food costs, supply inflation, and equipment expenses, the program works to minimize financial burdens on families. Our aim is to ensure that the School Lunch Program remains accessible and affordable for all, without making any compromises on the quality and quantity of the meals provided. Sierens Seeds Service is committed to Rasing the Bar and ensuring that every student has the opportunity to enjoy nourishing hot lunches, allowing them to thrive and learn to their fullest potential

2023 Regional Winners

Curling Rink Ice Plant

Simplot Grower Solutions (Medstead, SK)

Medstead and District Recreation Association (MADRA) proudly presents our beloved arena, the heartbeat of our community. Beyond being just a sports venue, it's where we come together, create memories, and build the spirit of our small town. However, in 2022, a major setback hit us hard – our curling rink's ice plant gave out, leading to a whole year without the joy of curling. The silence on our beloved rink is deafening, and we can't let it continue. Simplot Grower Solutions partnering with MADRA to Raise the Bar in our community means we have a chance to repair the ice plant and breathe life back into our beloved curling rink. But it's not just about sports; it's about nurturing the mental health and well-being of our residents through the therapeutic power of team and youth activities. We’re excited to revive the essence of Medstead and ensure a brighter, more vibrant future for our community!

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Food Bank Vegetable Garden

Taber Home & Farm Centre Ltd (Taber, AB)

Taber Home & Farm Centre Ltd and the Taber Food Bank have teamed up to Raise the Bar! For nine years, The Vegetable Garden has been serving up thousands of pounds of locally grown goodness, spreading smiles, and putting nutritious food on the plates of those in need in Taber and surrounding communities. But here's the twist: our garden is on the move! The Food Bank Vegetable Garden is packing its bags, uprooting, and getting ready for a fresh start in a brand-new location. It's like hitting the reset button on an incredible journey, and we couldn't be more thrilled. The garden's move promises a fresh chapter filled with renewed energy and a whole lot of excitement, although it comes with the significant endeavour of hard work and costs to ensure we keep those pounds of produce flowing in 2024. The Food Bank Vegetable Garden has been a beacon of hope, and its new beginning promises to be nothing short of amazing.

Food Bank Vegetable Garden

Taber Home & Farm Centre Ltd (Taber, AB)

Taber Home & Farm Centre Ltd and the Taber Food Bank have teamed up to Raise the Bar! For nine years, The Vegetable Garden has been serving up thousands of pounds of locally grown goodness, spreading smiles, and putting nutritious food on the plates of those in need in Taber and surrounding communities. But here's the twist: our garden is on the move! The Food Bank Vegetable Garden is packing its bags, uprooting, and getting ready for a fresh start in a brand-new location. It's like hitting the reset button on an incredible journey, and we couldn't be more thrilled. The garden's move promises a fresh chapter filled with renewed energy and a whole lot of excitement, although it comes with the significant endeavour of hard work and costs to ensure we keep those pounds of produce flowing in 2024. The Food Bank Vegetable Garden has been a beacon of hope, and its new beginning promises to be nothing short of amazing.

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Community Garden
and Greenhouse
Project

AgroPlus Holdings
(Foremost, AB)

The Foremost local rural school started a community garden project in the spring of 2021. The initial goal was to create an outdoor learning space that promoted knowledge of different forms of food production, teamwork, responsibility, and a chance to support the community with locally raised goods. Students from all grades and classes are involved in various aspects of the garden. Throughout the last two years, the project has grown, bringing together community members of all ages and backgrounds; expanding our capacity will allow us to meet more needs both mental and physical. The current garden supports numerous families within the community and an expansion will only increase the support.

The plans are to expand the garden to include berry patches, fruit trees, and a larger quantity of the currently produced vegetables. We would like to purchase a greenhouse that would allow the students to produce vegetables for an extended period.

Whether it is the families directly involved in producing, the seniors enjoying the aesthetics of the students learning to garden, or the people who would receive or purchase products, the garden will hopefully have something for everyone in the community.

Youth Ambassador Program

Harriston Agromart (Harriston, ON)

Harriston Agromart has partnered with The Grove in Palmerston, Ontario, to Raise the Bar and champion the transformative Youth Ambassador Program. Designed to enhance the mental and overall well-being of our community's youth, this initiative offers a vital one-stop-shop for young people aged 12-26, where they can access local support, mental health services, and connect with friends. Currently, the Hub in Palmerston receives between 1,000 to 1,200 visits by youth monthly. The Grove aims to improve youth access to essential support through integrated services - which means that every support a young person needs to access is available through one location with no waitlists. If a youth needs help today, they can access support today. As the pandemic has intensified mental health issues and caused extended wait times, this initiative becomes crucial in ensuring we build a resilient, supportive community that guides our youth towards a brighter future.

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Community Garden
and Greenhouse
Project

AgroPlus Holdings
(Foremost, AB)

The Foremost local rural school started a community garden project in the spring of 2021. The initial goal was to create an outdoor learning space that promoted knowledge of different forms of food production, teamwork, responsibility, and a chance to support the community with locally raised goods. Students from all grades and classes are involved in various aspects of the garden. Throughout the last two years, the project has grown, bringing together community members of all ages and backgrounds; expanding our capacity will allow us to meet more needs both mental and physical. The current garden supports numerous families within the community and an expansion will only increase the support.

The plans are to expand the garden to include berry patches, fruit trees, and a larger quantity of the currently produced vegetables. We would like to purchase a greenhouse that would allow the students to produce vegetables for an extended period.

Whether it is the families directly involved in producing, the seniors enjoying the aesthetics of the students learning to garden, or the people who would receive or purchase products, the garden will hopefully have something for everyone in the community.

Raise the Barn will return next year!

Start thinking about how you can work with a WinField United Canada retail owner to enter a local project that impacts a need in the areas of Mental Health, Hunger, Education or Community Spirit. Raise The Barn takes place in two components:

1

Retail Submissions &
Regional Winner Selection

Eligible retails can enter to win $8,000 determined by an internal panel of judges. One entry per retail location is permitted. There will be four regional winners in total (one each for AB, SK, MB, and ON).

2

Public Grand Prize Winner
Selection

Regional winners will be automatically entered to win an additional grand prize of $20,000 via public voting.

Meet our 2022 Raise the Barn Grand Prize Winner!

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Shuttle Care Service

Hawk’s Agro (Gravelbourg, SK)

The Gravelbourg Cares Shuttle Service is a non-profit service that provides transportation for all ages to medical appointments in city centres.GCSS provides service to Gravelbourg and surrounding communities such as Assiniboia, Lafleche, Mossbank, Kincaid, Hazenmore, and Ponteix.

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Shuttle
Care
Service

Hawk’s Agro
(Gravelbourg, SK)

The Gravelbourg Cares Shuttle Service was created by community members after the STC bus route was cancelled, leaving many people without transportation to out-of-town physicians, specialists, or other medical-related appointments. GCSS provides support to Gravelbourg and the surrounding communities (including Assiniboia, Lafleche, Mossbank, Kincaid, Hazenmore and Ponteix). Community members of all ages use this volunteer service, including working parents, youth, the elderly and anyone who does not have the means to transport themselves.

This project has been operating for 4 years and is run and funded solely through volunteer work and donations. These funds would be used not only to cover fuel and maintenance costs to run the service but to help ensure the longevity of the program to operate for our group of communities.

GCSS hopes to continue to grow and even inspire other communities to come together and develop their own transportation programs.

2022 Regional Winners

Community Garden and Greenhouse Project

AgroPlus Holdings (Foremost, AB)

The Foremost School is planning to build a greenhouse and expand its community garden project to increase its ability to meet needs related to mental health, hunger, education and community spirit. This project has brought together community members of all ages and backgrounds and has provided a platform for education and a way to connect with the outdoors to improve mental health.

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Community Garden
and Greenhouse
Project

AgroPlus Holdings
(Foremost, AB)

The Foremost local rural school started a community garden project in the spring of 2021. The initial goal was to create an outdoor learning space that promoted knowledge of different forms of food production, teamwork, responsibility, and a chance to support the community with locally raised goods. Students from all grades and classes are involved in various aspects of the garden. Throughout the last two years, the project has grown, bringing together community members of all ages and backgrounds; expanding our capacity will allow us to meet more needs both mental and physical. The current garden supports numerous families within the community and an expansion will only increase the support.

The plans are to expand the garden to include berry patches, fruit trees, and a larger quantity of the currently produced vegetables. We would like to purchase a greenhouse that would allow the students to produce vegetables for an extended period.

Whether it is the families directly involved in producing, the seniors enjoying the aesthetics of the students learning to garden, or the people who would receive or purchase products, the garden will hopefully have something for everyone in the community.

Classroom and Meeting Space for Indigenous Teachings

SJ Agronomy Services (Miami, MB)

The Miami Parent Advisory Council plans to build an outdoor classroom and meeting space that honours indigenous teachings and the pillars of reconciliation. This space will provide a place for learning, physical exercise and performing. This meeting space will also provide students and community members with indigenous heritage a safe place to learn about and practice their own culture and educate others.

Classroom and
Meeting Space for
Indigenous Teachings

SJ Agronomy Services
(Miami, MB)

The Miami Parent Advisory Council plans to build an outdoor classroom and meeting space that honours indigenous teachings and the tenants of reconciliation. With partnership and consultation with local indigenous elders, the meeting space will include a fire pit and tipi. It will provide a safe place to learn about and practice the tenants of historical culture, a key component of reconciliation and improving mental health for students and community members with indigenous heritage. It will also facilitate a space for storytelling and historical learning.

The classroom portion will provide a space for education, physical exercise and performing. Students who spend more time outside, whether in play or in learning, have been shown to have better overall mental health, physical well-being, and test scores. An outdoor classroom adjacent to the natural forest zone and walkways already present at Miami School would help increase the outdoor learning time for students.

2023 Raise the Barn FAQ

How do I vote for the grand prize winner?

Visit WinFieldUnited.ca to make your vote for the grand prize winner between 12:00 pm CST on November 14, 2023, and 11:59 pm CST on December 12, 2023. You will need a valid email address in order to vote.

How often can I vote?

You can vote a maximum of once per day (once in a 24-hour period) with a valid email address. Be sure to mention this when encouraging others to vote!

How can I get other people to vote?

Post and share Raise the Barn content on your social channels. Tell everyone why you chose to support your project and what it means to you. Use #RaiseTheBarn and tag @WinFieldCanada on Twitter to increase your reach. Rally tools can be downloaded here. Let’s spread the word to help your project win the grand prize.

Who do I contact if I have questions about how to vote?

If you have any problems voting, contact the WinField United Canada team at winfieldunitedcanada@landolakes.com.

Who was eligible to enter the contest?

All WinField United Canada retail owners in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba were eligible to make one entry per branch location.

What types of projects were eligible?

WinField United Canada retail owners were challenged to come up with an impactful idea to address a local need in the areas of Mental Health, Hunger, Education or Community. A requirement was that contest dollars be utilized within one year of making the contest entry.
Projects that were not eligible to win include lobbying, political, religious, or fraternal activities, labour organizations, and as well as any organization that advocates, supports, or participates in activities inconsistent with the Sponsor’s policies which prohibit discrimination based on protected status including race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran.

What are the prizes available to be won?

Three regional winners won $8,000 for their project. There was one regional winner for Alberta, one regional winner for Saskatchewan, and one regional winner for Manitoba.
Of the three regional winners, one will have the opportunity to win the grand prize, an additional $20,000 for their project.

How were the regional winners chosen?

Round 1: All eligible entries received during the contest dates of October 5 and October 28, 2023, were judged on a pre-determined scale by a panel of judges to determine the three winners in the applicable geographic regions (one in Alberta, one in Saskatchewan, and one in Manitoba). Please see the rules and regs for more details.

How will the grand prize winner be chosen?

Round 2: Between the dates of November 14 and December 12, 2023, the three regional winning entries will be posted for public voting at WinFieldUnited.ca. Legal residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) will be invited to vote for their favourite entry. Limit: Only one vote (1) per individual per day during the second round. The Entry which receives the highest number of votes during the Voting Phase will be the Grand Prize winner. Please see the rules and regs for more details.

When will the grand prize winner be announced?

The Round 2 grand prize winner will be contacted on or about December 13, 2023, and the winner will be announced to the public.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Please contact WinFieldUnitedCanada@landolakes.com if you have any questions.

Where can I find the contest rules and regulations?

Click here to find the contest rules and regulations.

Rules & Regulations

Click below to read the full contest rules and
regulations, including frequently asked questions
about nominating and voting for your favourite charities.

READ THE DETAILS AND FAQS