Local farmer directs America's Farmers Grow Communities donation to YMCA of Washington County

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Rachel Berdo and YMCA Director Amy Schulte stand at the construction site.
Submitted photo Rachel Berdo and YMCA Director Amy Schulte stand at the construction site.

County farmer Rachel Berdo, directed $2,500 to YMCA of Washington County through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. “As part of their mission YMCA of Washington County will use the funds toward the capital project to build a new facility in Washington. This gift comes at a pivotal point in our project as we are working to wrap up the final donations for the building. The YMCA is very grateful for the support of all of our donors and being recognized through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities is especially important to us because farming is such a vital part of all of our lives in Washington County,” said Amy Schulte, YMCA of Washington County, Association Director.

Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

“A better life is Bayer’s goal. Farmers are invested in their communities, they root for their neighbors, and they know when and where there is a need,” said Al Mitchell, Vice President Corporate Engagement, Bayer. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why Grow Communities partners with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities.”

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About America’s Farmers

Started in 2010, the America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, have been dedicated to partnering with farmers to strengthen rural communities. The programs provide funding for ag scholarships, nonprofit donations and school STEM grants. Since inception the fund has awarded over $50 million to rural communities. For more information visit

About the Bayer Fund

The Bayer Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Bayer employees live and work by providing funding for food and nutrition, education, and community development projects.