Stephan Rauh – Lead Produce Farmer
Stephan raised vegetables for a farmers’ market, Community Supported Agriculture and direct sales in the Metamora area. He graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in biology and a Human Needs and Global Resources certificate.
Rauh comes to Hungry World Farm with deep and varied experiences with raising food and working with food distribution. He worked and learned for six months in Nicaragua. He completed internships at Clay Bottom Farm (Goshen, IN) and 12 Seasons Farm (Fort Myers, FL). Rauh gained varied experiences volunteering at ECHO’s Global Farm in Florida. He completed studies at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Agroecology. Last winter Rauh worked to help design and establish a small fruit and nut orchard on the Big Island of Hawaii. He worked in Christian Service at a food bank and food pantry in Elkhart, Indiana, through the Mennonite Mission Network.
Dave Bell – Lead Animal Farmer
Dave comes to Hungry World Farm with deep and varied experiences with livestock rearing and marketing. When he was 9 years old Bell’s father bought him nine ewes and one ram and he began sheep production. Throughout his youth he prepared sheep or hogs to be shown at the Bureau County 4H Fair. Bell worked for several hog farms in the county. He is happy to use his experience to work on the farm with the animals and help other learn. “A few things I really enjoy with raising livestock is the young being born and assisting the mother if needed, taking care of the animals in a daily routine, keeping an eye on their health and simply being with the animals,” Bell shared. Bell will start with 14 goat kids, two Hereford heritage breed gilts, and some chickens raised on the farm.
In past years, he has been on the Bureau County 4H board, and the Extension Service board. Currently, Bell serves as an Arispie Township Clerk. Bell also worked for many years with the Covenant Children’s Home and looks forward to helping out and interacting with interns that come to learn on the farm as well.
Cal Zehr – Board President
Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on organizational science. A pastor for 25 years with developed organizational and people skills. Past chair of the Illinois Mennonite Conference governing board. Has developed many relationships with people in Bureau County, the Illinois Mennonite Conference and the Mennonite Church USA. Skills and tools as an electrician and in building maintenance.
Dennis Zehr – Board Vice-President
BS in Biology, one year of theology studies, three years of international agricultural development experience in southern Africa, owns and operates a small organic produce farm for the last 27 years. Dennis has sold at a local Farmers’ Markets. He has experience with Community Supported Agriculture.
Andy Krabill – Board Treasurer
Masters of Education, High School Social Studies and Geography teacher. Small scale farmer.
Brandie Lanier – Board Secretary
Many years of living in a natural Christian camp setting involved with food service and teaching children about the outdoors.
Jacob Landis – Board Member
BA in Religion and Ministry. Has worked as a Christian camp program director leading and guiding retreats and summer programs. Has extensive experience with volunteer coordination. Jacob is an organic dairy farm and farms with organic farming practices selling to organic markets.