Michelle Jacokes, Produce Safety Technician
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Michelle earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University in December of 2015, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Following graduation, she traveled to Western Massachusetts to work as a Harvest Crew Leader on a biodiverse farm in the pioneer valley. After living in MA for a year she headed ‘home’ and traveled to Northern Michigan to serve as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member for two terms with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, focusing on stewardship initiatives and on the ground action of protecting natural resources.
Michelle is excited to deepen her connection to agriculture, and provide service that involves ensuring food and farming safety. While her passion for natural resources started in regenerative agriculture, it has since broadened to learning, promoting, and strengthening conservation initiatives across many different facets.
She is looking forward to continuing connecting with the ever-changing aspects of agriculture, as well as expanding services to promote safe produce in a five-county area. In her free time Michelle enjoys hiking, skiing, running, kayaking, back country camping, cooking, listening to records, farming (yes, for fun), exploring the wonder of NoMI, and being surrounded by loving family, friends and all-around fun-loving people.