Speakers

ingawitscher2Inga Witscher is the host of Wisconsin Public Television’s Around the Farm TableA passionate dairy farmer, Inga owns and operates a small organic dairy farm near Osseo, Wisconsin. When she’s not setting up pastures for their cows to graze, milking the 15 Jerseys, making cheese with her father, or indulging her passions for gardening and cooking, Inga collaborates with her team to develop narratives for Around the Farm Table. After growing up on her family’s dairy farm on the West Coast and making cheese on the East Coast, she is thrilled to now be in the middle of the country, home to truly happy cows and a vibrant agriculture, all of which she loves to celebrate Around the Farm Table.

 

 

 


julie-foxJulie Fox is the Regional Tourism Specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.  She is focused on providing assistance to the tourism industry in attracting people to our region of the state.

 

 

seanSean Kinney is a freelance writer and founder of the North of 8 Leaders and Innovators. North of 8 is dedicated to developing and connecting and innovative leadership necessary to build sustainable, forward-leaning communities along the Polk County section of the Gandy Dancer Trail.

 

 

joseph1 Joseph Malual, Ph.D. is the Chippewa County Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Resource Development at UW-Extension.  He brings his international agriculture and rural development research and evaluation experience to create new opportunities for small-scale farmers.

 


innisfree1Innisfree McKinnon, Ph.D.
is an Assistant Professor of Geography at UW-Stout. Her research centers on geographies of food and agriculture, urban-rural interactions, and social-political aspects of sustainable development.

 

 

maryMary Pardee is the Polk County Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Resource Development at UW-Extension.  She provides educational outreach and assistance to people, communities, and organizations in leadership development, natural resources, and shared decision-making.

 

bretBret Shaw, Ph.D. is an Environmental Communications Specialist for UW-Extension and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at UW-Madison.  He focuses on planning, implementing and evaluating social marketing campaigns dealing with natural resource management issues.

 

 

 

 

 

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