Number 6

Turning waste into food

Where might you find coffee grounds, potato skins and egg shells mixed with meat, napkins and leftover spaghetti? Typically, beside other garbage in the dump. In fact, for years, this is where Goshen College sent its food waste.

However, in 2010 the college implemented a new practice, taking something perceived as “dirty trash” and transforming it into something of value: compost.

Counting his chickens

Young chicken farmer Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta., holds a Light Brahma chick in his hand. Note the feathered feet common to the type.

Colin Brown holds his favourite rooster, a Blue Cochin named Harley. ‘Harley is the nicest rooster I ever had,’ Colin says, adding, ‘I would sell one like this for about $30 to $35.’

Not many aspiring Alberta farmers find inspiration in Hawaii, but that is exactly what happened for 11-year-old Colin Brown of Carstairs, Alta. While on a family vacation three years ago, the Browns, who attend Bergthal Mennonite Church, Didsbury, rented part of a house and helped to care for the landlady’s animals, including a few chickens.

From computers to cash

Nolan Andres, left, puts on a Conrad Grebel University College tie given him by Paul Penner, Grebel’s director of operations, at the Feb. 20 fête honouring Andres as he leaves PeaceWorks Technology Solutions, which he founded 17 years ago.

In his first year working in information technology (IT) in 1996, Nolan Andres was living at Conrad Grebel University College and his roommate was Tim Miller Dyck, later to become editor of Canadian Mennonite and now an owner-employee at PeaceWorks Technology Solutions of Waterloo, Ont., that Andres founded.

‘Hear O people’

Craig Neufeld, as Jesus, tells the parable of the Sower and the Seed during one of the worship sessions at last month's annual delegate session. Organizers chose to use a lot of Scripture as one way of 'dusting off the Bible,' says Jerry Buhler, area church minister.

At times, there seemed to be more questions than answers. But for those in attendance at the Mennonite Church Saskatchewan delegate sessions at the end of February, there was also a good feeling that people were in agreement.

“I was very pleased with how it went,” said moderator George Epp.

For discussion

1. What powerful stories have you heard in your congregation? Who did the telling? What was the setting? What made the story powerful? How did it influence the teller or the listeners? Was it important that the teller was physically present and not recorded on a video clip?

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