“Food & Faith” Examines Mennonite farming locally and globally

Friday, January 10, 2020

The 2020 Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies at Conrad Grebel University College will examine Mennonite agriculture around the world and how this vocation directly impacts the lives of farmers. The Bechtel Lectures provide an opportunity to gain understanding of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture across disciplines. “Food & Faith: Mennonites Farming Locally and Globally” will explore these themes in a film screening and a breakfast panel.

On Friday, January 31at 7:30pm, Grebel will welcome filmmaker Paul Plett for a film screening and discussion. Plett is known for telling stories that examine the human condition. His films have been official selections at numerous film festivals, including the Global Peace Film Festival and the Canadian International Film Festival. His film, Seven Points on Earth,” looks into the faith and lives of Mennonite farmers in Manitoba, Iowa, Bolivia, Netherlands, Zimbabwe, Siberia, and Indonesia. This free event is a valuable opportunity to enjoy a unique look at the world of agriculture globally and locally while engaging in meaningful discussion with the filmmaker. The film screening will be followed by a reception.

The Farmers Breakfast Panel on Saturday, February 1 takes place at 9:00am. This event includes a full ‘farmers’ breakfast and panel discussion with Ontario Mennonites in agriculture.  “We are all impacted by agriculture, whether it is through production or consumption,” noted Professor Marlene Epp who researches the role food plays in faith and culture. “We’re pleased to welcome anyone to the breakfast who is interested in farming from a Mennonite perspective.” Registration for the breakfast is required.

Six Panelists will each bring their unique experiences in agriculture to the table. They include: Sarah Martin-Mills, founder of Growing Hope Farm, a not-for-profit operation; third generation farmers-Lloyd & Shirley Frey of Goldenview Holsteins/Frey Farms; Angie Koch, who runs Fertile Ground Farm, an organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture); Chris Mullet Koop of Elmwood Farms, a commercial egg and grape grower; and Mark Reusser, farmer and Vice President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

While both of these events are free for the public, registration is requested, and required for the breakfast at: grebel.ca/bechtel

Friday, January 31, 7:30pm
Seven Points on Earth: Film and discussion with Paul Plett
The Great Hall
Register now

Saturday, February 1, 9:00am
Farmers Breakfast Panel: Breakfast and discussion with Ontario Mennonites in Agriculture
Schlegel Community Education Room
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Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6

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