How pooling government rebates let this group buy 600 hectares of grasslands

September 20, 2022
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When Saskatchewan man Marc Spooner got a $285 government insurance rebate in the mail, he wondered if he could convince a few dozen people to pool their small windfalls and funnel the cash into a bigger group project.

He ended up raising more than $100,000 through more than 400 donations to his group Field of Dreams, which used the money to help purchase 600 hectares, or 6 square kilometres, of grasslands at Lonetree Lake, southwest of Regina.

“I think I just hit a nerve where people were like, ‘Yes, let’s do it. We can … collectively do something that would leave a lasting legacy,'” said Spooner, a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina.

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