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Grinnell Farms

Navigating complex issues such as sustainability, chemical input, food justice, and land consolidation, Grinnellian farmers are a thoughtful, passionate presence in the American agriculture sector. Meet just a few:

  • Suzanne Castello ’87 runs B&B Farms, a livestock operation in Grinnell, with her husband, Barney Bahrenfuse.
  • Corey McIntosh ’00 is a sixth-generation farmer on a corn and soybean operation in Missouri Valley, Iowa.
  • Jim Riddle ’78 and his wife, Joyce Ford, run an award-winning organic fruit farm in Winona, Minn.
  • Jordan Scheibel ’10 is in his first year running Middle Way Farm in Grinnell.
  • On campus, Ellie Honan ’14 and Eva Metz ’14 are summer apprentices with the College’s student-run garden.

To learn more about how Grinnellians are making an impact in agriculture, see “Grinnell Farms” from The Grinnell Magazine Summer 2013 (PDF).

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Grinnell celebrates freeing of Dorje Gurung '94 from Qatar detention

Dorje GurungNOTE: This story was updated at 4:05 PM on Monday, May 13, 2013, to reflect the fact that Dorje Gurung arrived in Nepal. 

Last week Dorje Gurung, a Grinnell College graduate from the Class of 1994, was arraigned in Doha, Qatar, on charges of insulting Islam and jailed. Grinnell alumni came together to organize support by creating petitions, building advocacy networks on Facebook, arranging legal counsel and creating a legal defense fund. Within 48 hours more than 13,000 individuals had signed the Change.org petition calling for Dorje's release.

On Sunday, May 12 (in U.S. time zones), the authorities in Doha released Dorje Gurung from jail. Today he was permitted to leave the country, and he is now safely back in his native Nepal.

Grinnell applauds the decision by the Qatar government to release Dorje and allow him to return home. Believing that free speech rights and religious freedoms are entirely compatible in a civil society, we celebrate his freedom while remembering the many others who still face repression in Qatar and elsewhere for their work on behalf of social justice. The College stands with Dorje and all those who work around the world to advance religious tolerance and respect for civil liberties.

Grinnell is also extremely proud of our alumni, whose initiative and leadership sparked the worldwide effort to free Dorje Gurung '94. You are the living embodiment of the Grinnellian commitment to justice.

Originally published as an online web extra for The Grinnell Magazine Summer 2013 (PDF).