Kanabec, Pine Isanti, Chisago and Mille Lacs Counties

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Building Community Through Budding Farmers

It’s never too early to teach kids about healthy seasonal food! One of the projects that Partners in Healthy Living helps fund is a Budding Farmers program through Chisago City Farmers Market. Children learn to cook, grow, learn, taste, smell, feel, and get creative with the fruits and vegetables grown in locally in the community.

Budding Farmers is a subscription-based program aimed at children in preschool through fifth grade that runs for eight weeks during the growing season. Each week they receive a new packet highlighting a different piece of produce that will be available at the market. Families receiving SNAP benefits as well as low-income families not eligible for SNAP had a chance to receive subscriptions for their children to participate in the program.

The packet includes fun facts; nutrition information; a science project, such as sprouting radish seeds or re-sprouting beet tops; a creative activity like creating “tree” stamps from broccoli or painting with beet water; two recipes, such as beet and chocolate cookies or carrot slaw; and a growing guide so kids can try to grow the featured plant at home. The packets include pictures, illustrations and indicators for which steps are kid-friendly.

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SHIP Coordinators 

  • Lori Swanson—Kanabec County
  • Kate Mestnik—Kanabec County
  • Lisa Perlick—Pine County
  • Melissa Carstensen—Isanti County
  • Travis Wojciechowski—Mille Lacs County
  • Kirsten Kennedy—Chisago County
  • Nancy Bargsten—Chisago County

Community Leadership Team

  • Roxanne Achman, City of Isanti, Community Development Director
  • Elayne Beehler, Pine Technical College, Nursing Professor
  • Kathy Belsheim, Ogilvie School Superintendent
  • Kathy Burrill, Lakes School District Food Service Director
  • Kathy Bystrom, Fairview Lakes Medical Center
  • Cassie Casey, Lakes & Pines CAC – Head Start
  • Cecilia Coulter, Chisago City Farmers Market
  • Gayle Cupit, City Center Co-op, Cambridge
  • Michael Dahlheim, Mille Lacs Health System
  • Leona Dressel, Lakes and Pines Community Action Council
  • Barb Eller, Mille Lacs Area Food Network
  • Kathy George, City of Lindstrom
  • Linda Hass, Ogilvie School Food Service Director
  • Nathan Johnson, City Planner - Pine City
  • Megan King, Isanti County-MN Extension SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Educator
  • Nikki Klanderud, Allina System, Community Engagement Manager
  • Lisa Krahn, 7 County Senior Federation
  • Nicole Linder, Fairview Integrative Health Specialist
  • Hope Moulton
  • Judy Nelson, Chisago County Senior Center
  • John Olinger, City Administrator - City of Lindstrom
  • Rick Olseen, Field Representative for Congressman Rick Nolan, 8th District
  • Thom Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union, Director of Government Relations
  • Julie Powers, Cambridge Public Schools, Food Service Director, worksite wellness director
  • Darcy Rylander, Allina System, Wellness Program Coordinator
  • Kam Schroeder, Kanabec County – MN Extension SNAP-Ed and Nutrition Educator
  • Deb Schuhmacher, Chisago County Public Health
  • Penny Simonson, East Central Senior Resource Center Coordinator
  • Nathan Sindt, Regional Prevention Coordinator
  • Rich Smith, Family Pathways
  • Nathan Sondrol, City of North Branch
  • Patrick Tepoorten, North Branch School District
  • Laureen Williams, Program Coordinator of Student-Parent Support at Pine Technical College
  • Danna Woods, FirstLight Health System - Dietician
  • Josi Wood, Isanti County Farmer’s Market Manager
  • Sarah Woutat, Uproot Farm/CSA, Cambridge/Princeton
  • Deb Wright, FirstLight Health System - Wellness First Ambassador

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Updated Thursday, 24-Jul-2014 10:19:26 CDT