Sara Epp, PhD in Rural Studies candidate, shared her research on the migration of Mennonite farmers to northern Ontario at the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute on July 3. Sara shared the experience of motivations, experiences, and challenges experienced by Mennonite farmers that recently migrated from southern Ontario to northern Ontario. Summer Institute students were interested to learn about the dynamics of the Mennonite farming community and the relationship of Mennonite farmers to government policies and programs. Further information on Sara’s research, and broader research on northern Ontario agriculture, visit

The International Comparative Rural Policy(ICRPS)Summer Institute brings together an international, multi disciplinary group of faculty, students and professionals to study together the many facets of rural policy, from policy formulation to policy impacts. The 2018 ICRPS Summer Institute is being hosted by Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Further information on ICRPS Summer Institute can be found at