The Dordt College Alumni Council has named Jason and Yvonne (Vaags) Kimm as the 2016 recipients of the Dordt College Distinguished Alumni Award. Both Jason and Yvonne graduated from Dordt College in 1998, Jason with a major in Agriculture Business and Yvonne with a major in English for Secondary Education and minors in communication and theatre.
“The Kimms are great Dordt people. Their enthusiasm for life is infectious and their faith radiates through their personal and professional callings,” says director of alumni and external relations Brandon Huisman, who helped with the nominee selection process.The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through service in their communities and who give evidence of living out a Reformational worldview through valuable contribution to their field of study.
Since his graduation from Dordt College, Jason has worked full-time on the family farm, Kimm Seed Potatoes. In 2000, Jason began Kimm TEA LLC, a business which produces soil organisms that benefit the plants grown on the family farm. Kimm TEA LLC also sources and supplies specialty fertilizers to other farmers and ranchers in Montana.
In 2006, Yvonne and Jason began Kimm’s Organic Potatoes, a business that sells organic produce locally and seed potatoes throughout the Western United States.
The Kimms have developed a philosophy of agriculture that strives to wisely implement “today’s best technology.”
They strive to glorify God by “producing high quality seed and food utilizing long standing wisdom and forward looking science, providing work for community and family, and praying we have the ability to enjoy the labor of our hands and that God will establish it.”
The Kimms say that Dordt’s educational core focus which is rooted in Christianity and relationships has proved “lastingly formative.” “If we had to make that decision again, both of us would choose Dordt,” agree Jason and Yvonne. “The personal care and individualized instruction, particularly in the higher level courses, given by the professors is still bearing the fruit of relationships and passion for learning,” says Jason.
And, of course, Jason and Yvonne met at Dordt. They agree that this is probably the most significant way in which Dordt College impacted their lives.
“I’ve had the privilege of getting to know the Kimm family throughout this process. I would describe them as high-character, family-oriented, innovative business-people,” says Huisman. “The Dordt community is blessed to name them distinguished alumni.”
As the 2016 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Kimms will be honored with the award during Dordt’s Defender Days.