IT MAY be a time of drought, but St Peter's Anglican Church will continue in its efforts to recognise the hard work of farmers in the MIA.
The church will hold its annual harvest festival on Sunday morning during a special mass at 9.30am.
Every year the event is held to give thanks for the harvests of the many differing varieties in Leeton and the MIA.
This ranges from cotton and rice to wheat, oranges, grapes and walnuts.
There's no doubting times are tough for farmers and their hardships will soon start to flow on into the towns they live in.
Father Robert Murphy from St Peter's Anglican Church said the harvest festival was an important component on the church calendar each year.
"It's to give thanks for the harvest we have, but this year to also pray for our farmers and pray for rain during this time of drought," he said.
"We'll also pray for those who have had no harvest. We invite everyone to take part."
With water allocations remaining low for farmers and not much precipitation falling from the sky or over the catchment areas, Fr Robert said it was important for the community to keep farmers and growers in their minds and prayers.
"Even though we are a rural community, it's easy to forget all of the wonderful produce that is grown (and manufactured) here," he said.
"We are certainly as they say at the heart of Australia's food bowl."
Following the mass, the group will head out to lunch.
"People can even bring along their own harvest - whether it's jam or vegetables - just to give thanks," Fr Robert said.
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