Essay: “Called to Sustainability” by Tim Showalter Ehst ’08

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I am a farmer. A Christian farmer. A low-input, sustainable, Christian farmer. I believe that our work is to create the new Eden—an Eden that is interdependent and sustainable in ways that the most radical hippies and permaculturists never imagined. And I believe I am being called to this vocation, to these beliefs.

Dr. Owen Gingerich ’51 addressed the United Nations General Assembly to commemorate International Mother Earth Day

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Dr. Gingerich, who is one of the world’s leading astronomers and has an astroid named in his honor, delivered the opening address for a panel of scientists who discussed the impact of human activities on the earth. “We are at a perilous point where our knowledge, our powers and our masses have the newly acquired capability to irredeemably destroy our environment,” Gingerich stated.

“At DOOR Atlanta, lunch comes straight from the garden” from Mennonite Mission Network

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As youth come through DOOR Atlanta this summer, they’ll find something on their plates that you wouldn’t expect on a weeklong service trip: local, organic food. Tim Showalter Ehst, the interim co-director of DOOR (Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection) in Atlanta and a Goshen (Ind.) College graduate, is in the midst of planning and creating menus that will allow the DOOR staff to feed their young volunteers with healthy food grown around the city.

Their love for their alma mater runs skin deep

For Daryl Groff ’83 and his daughter, Sara ’09, wearing a Goshen College T-shirt, scarf or hat isn’t enough to show how much they love their alma mater. Their love for Goshen runs skin deep — literally. Daryl and Sara both have GC tattoos.

Alumna pops up a new career rooted in Goshen’s values

Angie (Miller) Bastian '83 and her husband, Dan.

Angie (Miller) Bastian ’83 and her husband, Dan, a former teacher, have built their former garage business into Angie’s Kettle Corn, a multi-million company rooted in the values of family, treating people fairly and giving back to the community. They sell their snack food in 50 states through such retailers as Costco, Martin’s, Target and Whole Foods.

A Goshen College family tradition born of love and faith

Ella Amstutz Rohrer, seated, with family members at the 2011 Commencement. The above photo shows 11 GC graduates.

When I was growing up, an annual winter tradition for the Rohrer family was driving from eastern Ohio to Goshen to visit “the cousins” – those in the family enrolled at Goshen College. From an early age, these family trips imprinted on me that Goshen was family.