CROP Walk 2007 photo album


  1. Nice slide show about the Crop Walk Griff. Thank you for this great service to our community. I was dying to be downstairs with all of the folks there, but the whole event was going on at the same time as the Spanish mass was going on upstairs. It would be geat if in the future we could coordinate timing a bit better. There were about 200 people attending mass upstairs that I would have loved to invite for this event, I saw everyone walking away about half hour before our mass ended.
    My son William joined Jim Blaha in the walk and told me how great the walk was, good turnout despite the rain.

    Having growing up in Guatemala under conditions of extreme poverty and hunger, this kind of event really moves me inside, until I was an adult, I actually never really believed that anobody really cared for those of us eating a small portion of what is considered a meal in this country and twice a day in the best case scenarios while working up to 10 hours in harsh conditions.

    I have a different appreciation of so many people in Northfield in part because of days like this.

    I will see to it that funds from this walk that end-up supporting our garden projects in Northfield get multyplied and reproduced in the form of food for the children who go hungry right in front of us.

    October 2, 2007
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Regi. Great suggestions. Let’s hammer on Father Denny next year!

    October 3, 2007
  3. I am not sure who to hammer, but yes, coordination is important to make this event more meaninful.

    October 3, 2007
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    Northfield raised more money for the fall CROP-Walk than any other city in the the 3-state MN Kota region. More than St. Paul, Minneapolis, Duluth, Rochester. An email forwarded to me by Clay Oglesbee included this info:

    Money raised: $36,469.30 contributions + $1,240.00 “in kind” = $37,469.30 total.

    Participants from

    • churches: 13
    • businesses: 40
    • community agencies, organizations: 7
    • colleges: St. Olaf and Carleton, both administration and students.

    Church participation:

    • Northfield United Methodist – 263 worshippers, $7,976.50, $30.33 per person.
    • United Church of Christ – 200 worshippers, $3,017.00, $15.09 per person.
    • Holy Cross Episcopal – 35 worshippers, $464.00, $13.26 per person.
    • St. Peter’s Lutheran – 300 worshippers, $3,289.00, $10.96 per person.
    • Unitarian Universalist – 3 worshippers, $10.29 per person.
    • St. Dominic’s Catholic – from $70 in ‘06 to  $5,658.11 in 07.
    January 9, 2008
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Posted to the Nfld News web site at 4:30 pm today by reporter Brenda Ward: City gains Crop Walk distinction.

    The Northfield United Methodist congregation also won a local award, the Golden Sneaker – an outsized basketball sneaker, painted gold and mounted on a plaque. The churches of the city started the award as a way to honor the local church that gave the most per worship attendee. Northfield UMC has won the award for several years now; this year, the church gave an average of $30 per worship attendee. The second-most giving church, First Congregational, will receive the Silver Sock Award (a silver sock on a plaque), having contributed $15 per worship attendee.

    January 9, 2008

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