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New Extension educator focuses on Fruit and Vegetables

New Extension Educator, Natalie Hoidal
University of Minnesota Extension has a new educator on staff  who will focus on fruit and vegetable production systems.

Natalie Hoidal will be working statewide with producers ranging from small <1 acre operations to larger commercial growers on a wide range of production topics.

Natalie's background

Natalie grew up in Columbus Minnesota, where her family grows cacti and succulents for local
farmers markets and wholesale nurseries. She developed an interest in farming while working with the student organic garden at the University of Minnesota Morris, and connecting with growers across the West Central region.

While in Morris, she worked on research projects related to seed sovereignty and conservation as well as plant breeding. After college, Natalie moved to Denmark where she completed a Fulbright research fellowship and a master’s degree in Agronomy, studying amaranth as a high value and nutritionally rich crop with growers in dry land farming systems around the world.

Most recently, Natalie worked as an Extension educator with the Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education team.

Natalie lives in Frogtown, St. Paul with her partner, two cats, and chickens. She loves gardening, cooking, and all things food-related. She looks forward to getting to know growers around the state!

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