Braham farmer wins $2,500 for food shelf

By Elizabeth Sias

On Thursday, Rosalyn Nelson made a special stop at the Braham Area Food Shelf to receive the $2,500 check she won for the organization.

Rosalyn Nelson of Braham won $2,500 for the Braham Area Food Shelf through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program of the Monsanto Fund. On Thursday, a Monsanto representative presented the check to Nelson at the Food Shelf. From left, Monsanto District Sales Manager Roger Peterson, Food Shelf co-chair Stella Bobo, board member Helen Johnson, secretary Maxine Hallin, treasurer Dorothy Johnson and Braham farmer Rosalyn Nelson. Photo by Elizabeth Sias

Braham farmer Nelson was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. The donations are available through the Monsanto Fund, and Nelson designated Braham Area Food Shelf to receive the award as the Isanti County winner.

“I chose the food shelf because it’s a good service,” Nelson said.

Representatives from Braham Area Food Shelf, along with Rosalyn Nelson and a Monsanto representative participate in a check presentation ceremony Thursday.

“First I thought it was a prank call,” Food Shelf Treasurer Dorothy Johnson said about finding out about the donation. “We really appreciate it very much. It means we’re going to be able to purchase food for the next three months.”

The food shelf is widely used in Braham and its surrounding communities. In March, 89 families received 5,700 pounds of food between them. In 2011, the food shelf distributed about 48,000 pounds of food.

And the food shelf buys locally, Johnson said, which helps area businesses, too.

In 1,245 eligible counties in 39 states, farmers could win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3.1 million in local communities through this program.

“Monsanto is a 100 percent agriculture company,”  District Sales Manager Roger Peterson said. “There’s a tremendous need in our communities right now. What Monsanto has said is, ‘We want to give back to rural America.’”

About the program:

America’s Farmers Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to society by helping them grow their local communities. Nearly 60,000 farmers participated in the second annual Grow Communities program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. For more information and to see a full list of winners, visit