MAITC, Inc. Foundation Board Member
Why did you join the board?
As a local Extension Educator, I encourage local teachers and volunteers to utilize the resources when working on lesson plans and classroom visits. As Stearns County Farm Bureau President, I am working closely with Ag in the Classroom and Farm Camp Minnesota to bring an educational experience to St. Cloud middle schoolers this fall. The initial meetings with the Ag in the Classroom staff and our county board members reminded me again how much I enjoy working with these programs. I am a firm believe that education on agriculture truly is for all. In my current position, I work with a lot of homeowners who have lawns, trees and gardens; and am reminded how disconnected we are at times from our food, nature and our environment. I believe in Minnesota Ag in the Classroom and hope to be a part of its future.
What MAITC program or initiative are you most passionate about and why?
I have a great interest in ensure that agriculture is in all MN classrooms. Seeing kids make connects from their everyday life to agriculture is always a delight.
What is your favorite agricultural product and why?
Perfectly grilled pork chops. Growing up on a hog farm you become very particular about your pork and how it should be cooked.
What is your profession?
I am a University of Minnesota Local Extension Educator in Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties (central MN) with a focus on Horticulture, Small Farms, Local Foods, and Extension Master Gardeners.