Claudine Arndt began her adventures with MFU in 2010, starting part-time and eventually growing into her role as the Membership & Minnesota Cooks™ Program Manager. Having descended from a long line of farmers, she is passionate about enhancing the quality of life and overall wellbeing of farmers and rural communities. Drawing from her dedication to food and farming communities and her love of writing and sharing stories, she helped create The Farmer and the Chef: Farm Fresh Minnesota Recipes and Stories on behalf of MFU. Also a nutrition counselor, she encourages others to choose quality, local foods whenever possible. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks with her husband Mike; spending time on Lake Kabetogama in Voyageur’s National Park, her favorite place on the planet; and losing allsense of time and space in her unruly prairie gardens.