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Nov. 16: 'Farm to Fork: The Sibley East School Garden'

Keynote address caps day of sessions on regional food system issues.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 11-9-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Jeff Eppen and Tim Uhlenkamp, agricultural educators at Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minn., will present the keynote address “Farm to Fork: The Sibley East School Garden,” on Monday, Nov. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Centennial Student Union in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Ostrander Auditorium.

In their presentation, part of the University’s 2015 Common Read program and free and open to the public, Eppen and Uhlenkamp will present information on their school garden and its impact on the community. Their presentation will be followed by a brief discussion on regional food system issues and what steps can be taken for improvement.

The evening presentation by Eppen and Uhlenkamp will follow three Nov. 16 afternoon discussion sessions on the subject of food gathering that are also free and open to the public.

All three afternoon sessions, listed below, are available at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.:

  • “Kids and Hunger,” Centennial Student Union Room 201 – Hosted by Heather Von Bank, associate professor in Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Family & Consumer Science (College of Allied Health and Nursing), and Cassandra Schreiber, doctoral student in Minnesota State Mankato’s school psychology program
  • “Food on a Budget,” Centennial Student Union Room 203 – Hosted by Rachel Jones, University of Minnesota Extension/SNAP-Ed
  • “The Minnesota Food Charter: A Tool for Change,” Centennial Student Union Room 204 – Hosted by Natasha Frost, Public Health Law Center, and Kelly Kunkel, University of Minnesota Extension

For more information, contact Monika Antonelli, associate professor and reference/outreach librarian at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-2507 or by email at

A full listing of Minnesota State Mankato’s common read activities are available online here.

The day’s events are hosted by and with support from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) – Minnesota Department of Health; Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Minnesota Extension; and the Public Health Law Center.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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