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August 14, 2015

Glyndon Farms family boosts 4-H STEM with memorial fund

Donald W. Grant had a passion for science, which is benefiting 4-H youth in Clay County long after he has passed away. That’s because his family, owners of the Glyndon Farms Company, established the Donald W. Grant Fund in his memory. Their purpose is to support more 4-H programming in Clay County with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects such as aquatic robotics.

Donald W. Grant
Donald W. Grant 1906-1999

The family is spread all over the country, but continues to focus Glyndon Farms giving in Clay County. Grant grew up involved in 4-H there, where the family had settled and farmed east of Moorhead in the late 1800s. The family members went on to become successful in various areas of science and business.

“He (Grant) was not a working scientist himself, but he firmly believed in the fact modern ag depends on sound science,” Gene Sander told reporter Kevin Wallevand for a WDAY-6 (ABC) story.

Sander, Grant’s nephew, grew up earning $4 a day on the family farm, and supplementing his income with janitorial work at the local church and by mowing lawns. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Cornell before eventually becoming the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona.

Other family members from this multigenerational family include Carol Bathke, a University of Minnesota alum living in California, and Willy Jacobsen, an active community member in Northwest Minnesota.

4-H STEM education engages youth in all 87 counties of Minnesota in math and science, and encourages them to solve scientific questions by designing and carrying out real experiments. To make a gift, contact Jane Johnson, executive director of development, or donate online.
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