The Early Years of S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation
Here are a few of the many interesting early projects – stories from Hugh Beaty’s monitoring notes. Read more about SHARE’s early days (SHARE Organization – scroll down to Background).
- 1991 – SHARE made arrangements through Semex Canada and their counterpart in Brazil to start the use of artificial breeding.
- 1991 – Newton and Lorna Little traveled to Belize to find someone to oversee our projects there.
- 1990 – Belize – San Antonio pig project. A woman’s group raised pigs to increase their income. The manure provided bio gas to operate the cook stove, light and refrigerator.
- 1990 – Alegra Cabera, Brazil – Working with World Vision, SHARE supplied cattle and goats to three communities.
- 1987 – Surinam – SHARE supplied dairy cattle to a Dutch organization for small scale farmers. A revolution took place and the farmers fled across the French Guyana River.
- 1987 – SHARE provided a tractor and implements to farmers in Sierra Leone to be shared by 3 communities. In theory this was the right thing to do but in practice it didn’t work. Through politics, jealousy and other factors the project broke down. SHARE learned the value of having a responsible person and organization on site to monitor in order to be successful.
- 1986 – Sierra Leone, Africa – The project to increase food production with CUSO failed as did a poultry project in Kenya and corn to Sierra Leone. SHARE is learning lessons through experience.
- 1983 – Brazil – Santarem Water Buffalo Project – Working with the Franciscans on the Amazon, 75 animals were funded by SHARE at a cost of $350 each. Three communities received the water buffalo and through the “pass on principle”, sometime later, 3 more communities received animals. This was a popular project with our donors.
- 1981 – Two young bulls were shipped to Mossoro to replace the original breeding stock.
Hugh Beaty (1918 - 2015)
At the SHARE annual dinner dance in the fall of 2010, John Webster, past Chair of SHARE’s Board (on left) honoured Hugh Beaty for his tireless dedication and work with SHARE since 1977. In receiving his award Hugh spoke of his life philosophy. “In my work with SHARE I’ve always found that in giving I have always received back more than I ever gave. I believe that if we can serve others we are not so mindful of ourselves.”
In his short book, More than a Vision, Hugh Beaty recounts the early years of development of the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation. The book “recognizes the men and women who generously gave their expertise and dedication. It also recognizes those who contributed financial and moral support. Through good times and bad, they were always there. Like most movements for good, it started with a dream. Those who were involved from the beginning agree “we should never be satisfied with only a vision of what we would like to accomplish.” They believed that when we are aware of poverty and hunger we have an obligation to respond. The only thing necessary for evil to triumph over good is for good people to do nothing. Wonderful things have happened, and always at an appropriate time in the life of the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation. “
This giant leap of faith by SHARE’s founding members began 30 years of unwavering commitment of Canadian supporters and volunteers to impoverished families in Latin America.
David L. Armstrong (1930 – 2011)
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike
SHARE remembers with great gratitude the dedication and work of the late David Armstrong, loyal supporter and valued advisor. David was a founding member of the S.H.A.R.E. Agriculture Foundation; in fact David conceived the idea for the foundation and its work and inspired farm leaders in Peel and later in Halton to organize this charity in 1976. He remained on the Board of Directors of SHARE until 1993, acted as chairman of the Board for 3 years demonstrating his strong leadership qualities and integrity. He continued to attend board and committee meetings regularly, listening intently to all opinions before using his insight, knowledge and solid analysis in decision making.
David was an inspiration to all the volunteers of S.H.A.R.E. He was a great promoter of our largest fund raising event, the annual dinner dance held the first Saturday of November. Ticket sales were his specialty.
David was honoured with the Farmer of the Year Award in 1987 by the Peel Federation of Agriculture, the Outstanding Volunteer Award from the Senate of Canada in 2003 for his service to others and the Caledon Volunteer and Citizen Achievement Award in 2004. He was a lifetime member of Mayfield United Church, a long time respected dairy farmer in Caledon and was involved with many other community and farm organizations. His dedication and passion for helping others will be missed.