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The Starblanket Farm was funded principally from four main agencies in the period 1972 to 1982. Total funding of $600,000.00 in this period.
|The Starblanket Band||$210,000||35%|
|Special ARDA Dree||175,000||29%|
|Other Agencies- CW, IAB, WOP||110,000||18%|
The farm is administered and directed by the council of the Band, along with two other Band members, and is not presently incorporated, however the farm maintains it's own set of records. Although numerous changes have occured throughout the years, the Band's original objective remain the same today. That is to promote the interest of Indian people in agriculture, and to develop an economically viable farm unit.
"The threat of drought, the rise of interest rates, the tight money situations, the soaring costs of conducting farm business, are only a few of the many challenges Indian farmers face today," said Starr.
|Band Farm Property|
Starblanket Farm, through it's council, and the conscientious efforts of Gerry, Willard, Gilbert Sr., Mervin Kinequon and George Starr are willing and able to meet the challenges of the 80's. To this end, the band has considered and instituted several alternatives. They are:
to understand agriculture related training courses
purchase adequate farming machinery
institute the uses of chemicals and fertilizers
ladies of the Band to implement courses, host functions
youth involvement in summer employment ex. 4-H
discussing Housing and Land Use policies
use of front end loaders for transporting hay and winter feed
implementation of a cropping plan
use of grain dryer
garage and grain feeding with the use of mix mills as well as pasture rotation.
Since 1972, the farm has paid out some $550,000.00 in wages. Honored by visits from Secretary of Aboriginal Economic Policy - Australia, Mr. Bill Gray, Chinese delegation relative to state farms, visits by other reserves and by Manitoba and Ontario Indian Agriculture Program delegations.
The livestock herd has increased from 0 in 1972 to 500 head in 1985 but the farm is currently in the feedlot area, with individuals in the cow/calf areas. Cultivated acreage has increased from 0 in 1972 to 3500 in acres today. Total land being utilized by the Farm either as pasture of cultivation is now 10,500 form one in 1972.
They contributed some 50,000 hours which represents 1/3 of the total hours in the last nine years. There are other workers who have assisted this farm over the years (some 76,000 hours) and Gerry would like - to thank these people as well, they are; Brian, Allan, Marcel, Michael, Lindsay, Gilbert, Lynn, Leslie, Dennis Starr, deceased Floyd Kinequon, Allan, Albert, Albert and Gilbert Keewatin, William Akapew, Sidney, Robert and Ken Akapew, Jake and Ryan Akapew.
In conclusion, Mr. Gerry Starr extends best wishes to everyone mentioned during the festive season and the ensuing years ahead.