Interim Director & Farm Manager – Student Organic Farm
Originally from the Lone-Star State, Denae has made Michigan her official home. She first came to the Great Lakes region to study at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN where she majored in Biology and Sociology. Following graduation, she moved to Chicago to work in public health research. It was there that she discovered her interest in farming, albeit from a systems perspective. She moved to Michigan in 2008 and completed the Organic Farming Certificate Program in 2009. That year she began coordinating member services for the farm’s CSA as well as her position as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Organic Farmer Training Program (OFTP). Along with other program staff, she collaboratively redesigned the program into its current format. Denae has held several other roles, including: OFTP Program Manager and Cut Flowers Manager. In November of 2014, Denae began serving as the Interim Director of the Student Organic Farm.
In 2011 Denae started Foodshed Farm, a sustainable agriculture business that sells seedlings to local farmers and gardeners and specialty produce to local restaurants.
December 8, 2016
The re-designed program will be a more robust learning platform for those who are committed to owning their own farm business, managing farm operations, or working with others on their paths to food production and sustainable agriculture. Beginning with the 2017 cohort, students will meet one day per week for thirty-three weeks on Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm from March 17-November 17. The cost of the program is $3,600. Scholarships are available.
Production Manager Position Announcement MSU Student Organic Farm, Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
November 28, 2016
The Michigan State University Student Organic Farm (SOF) is seeking a Production Manager for its 15-acre certified organic year-round teaching farm. The candidate must be positive, hard-working, self-directed, energetic, and enjoy working collaboratively with other farm staff, students, and faculty.
September 14, 2015
Michigan State University Student Organic Farm in collaboration with MSU Center for Regional Food Systems rolled out the first workshop of the newly established Farmer Field School series.
March 19, 2017
Join us for this farmer led workshop looking at their strategies for successful vegetable transplant production. Presenters include Anthony Cinzori of Cinzori Farms and Denae Friedhiem of the MSU Student Organic Farm.