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Extension gives fruits and vegetables renewed focus

New educators to help home and commercial growers

Do you like growing vegetables and fruits?  For the first time in several decades, University of Minnesota Extension will have two educators on staff whose sole focus will be to bring the latest information about growing fruits and vegetables to both home and commercial growers.

Extension Educator Annie Klodd  Photo:Gail Hudson

First, meet Annie Klodd 
She joined the University of Minnesota in January as Extension Educator for Fruit and Vegetable Production, based in Andover, Minnesota.

Annie is originally from Indianola, Iowa where her family owns a commercial vineyard and winery. She has been working in the vineyard since 1997 when her family planted their first grapes.

Back porch view of Annie's family vineyard in Indianola, Iowa.  Photo: David Klodd

She continued working in horticulture at Penn State University, where she studied how perennial cover crops can be used in vineyards to manage grapevine health. Most recently, she worked for Penn State Extension as a weed management specialist and also helped manage the Penn State Community Garden.
Continue reading to meet another new Extension educator, Anne Sawyer...

In her spare time, Annie enjoys running, baking, and, of course, vegetable gardening. She lives in the Twin Cities with her fiancé Eugene, their dog, and two cats.

Annie says she’s looking forward to meeting lots of new people, so when you see her, please say “hello”!
Extension Educator Anne Sawyer
Photo: Stacy Nordstrom 

...And meet Anne Sawyer!

Anne also joined the University of Minnesota in January as Extension Educator for On-Farm Food Safety in Horticultural Systems, based in Farmington, Minnesota.

In 2017, Anne finished her PhD in Soil Science at the University of Minnesota after studying nutrient management and microbiology in switchgrass grown for bioenergy. 

She also has an MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University, has worked as a snow scientist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and as a National Park Service Ranger in Colorado, Utah, and Alaska.

Anne is a University of Minnesota Master Gardener in Rice County, a citizen member of the Rice County Extension Advisory Committee and speaks at Extension-related events around the state. 

She's also been a market grower, selling produce and managing a small market in Dundas, Minnesota, for three years.

Anne Sawyer, husband Joey and their son, Asher.
Photo: Madalyn Kline
Anne lives near Northfield with her husband, Joey, six-month-old son, Asher, and their dog, Drake. They have a small hobby farm with lots of chickens, occasional pigs, fruit trees, and a huge vegetable garden. 

She and her husband also play in a band named after their favorite gardening implement: The Broadfork String Band!

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