Nation Valley News
GRANTLEY — Roland and Theresa Poirier of Grantley have a mission that combines sowing agricultural knowledge and the message of Christianity both here and in Africa.
And this weekend, a big tent and public stage have taken root at their South Dundas farm — 13840 Grantley Rd. — where the the couple are hosting a Christian weekend concert get-together and camp-over. The event includes performances this evening (Sat., Sept. 24) by Scott Towaij and The North Street Band.
Instead of its regular Water Street address, Chesterville’s Gathering House church holds its 10 a.m. Sunday service at the farm tomorrow, followed by a picnic leading into a performance by local Christian bluegrass band Lynn Hill Junction.
The Poiriers are involved with and raising awareness about YouFeedThem, a multi-denominational effort that connects area churches and remote African villages to foster educational projects, sustainable food production and access to water in those places. Roland Poirier has visited Kenya in recent years as part of the effort.
He said he expects about 130 people at this weekend’s event, based on registrations so far.
The couple also operate an agribusiness, Nutra-Fix, whose barley-sprouting technology has been deployed as a unique feed supplement on some local dairy farms.