TISKILWA — Dave Bell has become the first lead animal farmer for the new organization, Hungry World Farm, on May 1.
Most recently Bell was engaged in raising goats and sheep for market at his farm south of Tiskilwa.
Bell comes to Hungry World Farm with experience in livestock rearing and marketing. When Bell was 9 years old, his father bought him nine ewes and one ram, and his sheep production began. Throughout his youth, Bell prepared sheep or hogs to be shown at the Bureau County 4-H Fair.
He graduated from Blackhawk College with an associate’s degree in agriculture and has worked for several hog farmers in the county.
Bell said he is happy to use his experience to work on the farm with the animals and help others learn.
“A few things I really enjoy while raising livestock is the young being born and assisting the mother if needed, the daily routine of taking care of the animals, keeping an eye on their health and simply being with the animals,” Bell said.
At Hungry World Farm, Bell will begin raising 14 goat kids, two Hereford heritage breed gilts, and some chickens.
In past years, Bell has been on the Bureau County 4-H Board and the Extension Service Board. Currently he serves as the Arispie Township clerk. Bell also worked for many years with the Covenant Children’s Home in Princeton and looks forward to interacting with interns that come to learn on the farm.
Hungry World Farm began in the fall of 2017 as a nonprofit organization receiving the former Plow Creek property near Tiskilwa. Hungry World Farm invites all to reflect on the theory and practice of food production and consumption in deep consideration of hungers in the global village. The farm is located east of Tiskilwa, and includes tillable land, woods and a native hillside prairie.
Anyone who would like to explore supporting the start-up or volunteering on the farm can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.