TISKILWA — Stephan Rauh will become the first lead produce farmer for the new organization, Hungry World Farm, on Feb. 1.
Most recently, Rauh 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, Ind.,) and 12 Seasons Farm (Fort Myers, Fla).
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, Ind., through the Mennonite Mission Network.
Hungry World Farm began in the fall of 2017 as a nonprofit organization receiving the former Plow Creek property east of Tiskilwa. Hungry World Farm invites all to reflect upon the theory and practice of food production and consumption in consideration of hunger in the global village.
The farm is near Tiskilwa and includes tillable land, woods and a native hillside prairie. Hungry World Farm utilizes the farm as a textbook for healthy, sustainable food production. Individuals and communities are empowered to strengthen local food systems, reflect on their own consumption and systemic impact on the environment.
For anyone who would like to explore supporting the startup or volunteering on the farm, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.