Bechtel Lecture in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies: Breakfast Panel

Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:00 am - 9:00 am EST (GMT -05:00)

“Food & Faith: Mennonites Farming Locally and Globally”

Mennonite sociologist Winfield Fretz called farming the ‘sacred vocation.’  Even though fewer and fewer Mennonites are involved in it, we are all dependent on, if not blessed by it.  We used to talk together about farming and faith a lot more when more of us were farmers.  Maybe it’s time to talk again. 

"Farmers Breakfast Panel: Breakfast and discussion with Ontario Mennonites in Agriculture"
Breakfast and Discussion | February 1 at 9:00 AM | Conrad Grebel University College

This breakfast event is a panel discussion of the way farming, food, family and faith come together in our various lives.  Whether you make your living feeding others or have your life because of their work, you are welcome to join this breakfast roundtable. The panel includes Angie Koch of Fertile Ground Farm, Chris Mullet Koop of Elmwood Farms, and Sarah Martin-Mills of Growing Hope Farm.

This breakfast is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, email Birgit Moscinski.

Breakfast provided.


  • Hash-brown casserole, breakfast sausage, hard boiled eggs
  • Muffins, coffee cake, bagels, (butter, jam, honey)
  • Yogurt, granola, fresh fruit salad (including bananas, kiwi, apples)
  • Juices - orange, apple, cranberry
  • Coffee, tea, water


  • Sarah Martin-Mills: Growing Hope Farm, farming for 3 years, mostly livestock, a non-profit operation for learning and giving to others.
  • Lloyd & Shirley Frey: Goldenview Holsteins/Frey Farms, 3rd generation farmers, 90 cow dairy with feed and some cash crop.
  • Angie Koch: Fertile Ground Farm, farming for 13 years, vegetables, organic market garden selling through CSA (Community Shared Agriculture).
  • Chris Mullet Koop: Elmwood Farms, 5th generation and 21 years, commercial egg and grape grower.
  • Mark Reusser: farm near New Dundee, not sure how many years, broilers and cash crop, VP of Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Press Release

Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.