Denae Friedheim

Interim Director & Farm Manager – Student Organic Farm

Denae Friedheim

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.

Our Work



  • Vegetable Transplant Production Success!

    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.