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Canadian Mennonite April 19, 2010 19 Not as organic as we think Edna Staebler research fellow examines ‘myth’ of Mennonite farming practices in Waterloo County Story and Photo by Dave Ro gal sk y eastern Canada Correspondent kItCheNeR, oNt. C ontrary to popular belief, Old Order Mennonite farming practices are not as organically friendly as those of more to maintain an income, particularly those who are not engaged in supply manage- ment,” a practice that involves participation Jim Reusser, left, a retired Mennonite Church Canada pastor, discusses Mennonite farming practices in the modern Mennonites. in government quota systems, particularly region with Chris Yordy, the 2009 Edna This was the finding of Chris Yordy, for milk and poultry. Staebler research fellow, right. the 2009 recipient of the Edna Staebler At the same time, he noted that small Research Fellowship. The $1,000 fellowship Old Order Mennonite farms, with mixed enabled the Waterloo North Mennonite crops and livestock, “makes [them] in some Development Research Centre investi- Church member to study the question ways more environmentally sustainable.” gating how people in North Africa, par- of sustainable agriculture among the Of great interest to the gathered group ticularly Egypt and Morocco, are coping Old Order Mennonites, David Martin was the pairing of capitalism with com- with rising food prices. He now attends Mennonites and Mennonite Church munitarianism, as each farmer grows and Village International Mennonite Church Eastern Canada Mennonites. produces for markets, and at the same being planted by Stefan Cherry (formerly His research—which he presented to time is part of a community that includes of Floradale Mennonite Church, Ont.). the public at the Joseph Schneider Haus barn-raisings and other community ef- Joseph Schneider was one of three Museum on Feb. 19—set out to prove his forts. A modern example of this would be Mennonite Schneider brothers who made thesis, that “a Mennonite farmer’s belief the Elmira Produce Auction Cooperative, the trek from Pennsylvania to the German
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