Why Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is one of the hardiest plants in the northern hemisphere, will grow nearly anywhere, and was an important free nutritional resource to Mennonites, in the old country and during the depression in North America.

Rhubarb is a description often applied to hard-pressed arguments, minor conflicts and sports (often baseball) brouhahas.

Both descriptions seemed apt attributes and metaphors when a name was chosen for the new visual and literary arts magazine Rhubarb in 1998, with Peace as our first theme, highlighting the rhubarb caused by the first successful Canadian Mennonite English novel Peace Shall Destroy Many by Rudy Wiebe.