Garden team
November 26, 2019

Sollio Agriculture praises engagement of its Winnipeg feed mill employees

The feed mill started a vegetable garden to support Siloam Mission’s Drop-In Meal Program

Sollio Agriculture wants to recognize the commitment and engagement of its Winnipeg mill's employees (currently called Standard Nutrition Canada). They planted, tended and harvested a vegetable garden on site to support Siloam Mission, a humanitarian organization in Winnipeg that helps the homeless. The harvest of celery branch, beets, potatoes, peppers and onions, worth around $3,000, went into meals for the Drop-In Program at Siloam Mission, the starting point for people in need, where hope begins with a meal.

The gardening harvest program was started seven years ago by long-time employee Denis Ritchot, who has been with the company for 32 years, but comes from an agricultural background, having been raised on a farm himself. He still raises chickens and grows a large garden that has served a dual purpose: feeding his family and teaching his children about the importance of agriculture.

With the help of local partner Reimer Soils, which provided the materials and soil, the employees built a 900-square-foot garden that they plant in the spring and care for during the summer. “It’s not very difficult to recruit volunteers to tend the garden. After seven years, it’s the employees who ask me about the upcoming planting season and when we’re starting the garden,” explains Mr. Ritchot, who still leads the project.

“We are really proud of Denis and the team for their involvement in a project that brings food to those who need it,” says Jason McNaughton, General Manager, Livestock, Western Canada, Sollio Agriculture. “For the past few years, it has been more than a rallying project that involves plant and office employees alike. It’s an opportunity to give back to the community and at the same time to bridge the gap that many people from urban areas have with agriculture,” he adds.

About Siloam Mission

Siloam Mission is a Christian humanitarian organization that has worked to alleviate hardships and provide opportunities for change for those affected by homelessness in Winnipeg since 1987. A connecting point between the compassionate and Winnipeg’s less fortunate, Siloam Mission began as a humble soup kitchen on Main Street over 30 years ago and has grown into a multi-faceted support network built on pillars of transformation for people’s lives – Hope, Recovery, and Transition. They offer a drop-in and meals program, a clothing program and an emergency shelter, among other services.

About Sollio Agriculture

Sollio Agriculture, the Agri-business Division of La Coop fédérée, is a Canadian leader in the agriculture industry. It specializes in the merchandizing of farm inputs and value-added agronomic services. It benefits from a synergy between three sectors: Livestock Production, Crop Production and Grain. Present in almost every part of Canada, it has close to 1,100 employees and made $2.125 billion in sales in 2018 in Canada and abroad. For more information about Sollio Agriculture, visit

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From left to right, Dave Foidart, Tawnya Cormier, Jeffrey Flasha, Avtar Singh, Jayson Cantero, Robert Trenholm, Denis Ritchot. Missing Pia Lopez and Tyler Brown.

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