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Board Members

Thank you to our board members for their time and service to MFVGA.

2020 Board Members:

Terry Nennich - President

Terry and his wife Loralee own and operate Ter-Lee Gardens, a fruit
and vegetable operation, located near Bagley Minnesota, which sells
its produce pick-your-own, at a farmers markets, CSA, and wholesale.
Terry is a recently retired University of Minnesota Extension Professor
Emeritus, who throughout his career specialized in vegetable and small
fruit production and marketing.

Rod Elmstrand - Vice President

Nearly 40 years ago Rodney and Sara Elmstrand established a pick your
own strawberry and retail/wholesale pumpkin business. He and his wife
have raised 5 children who are now all college educated, married and
established in their careers. Now as empty nesters, they find themselves
visiting children/grandchildren scattered across the U.S. They somehow
find enough energy and strength to continue forward. They are grateful
for the Lords daily provision.

Stuart Lavalier - Secretary

Stuart Lavalier was a teacher for 32 years while working during the
summers at his family’s small strawberry and blueberry farm in Grand
Rapids, MN. He retired from teaching in 2010, and since has expanded
the farm to include apples and tart cherries. He enjoys training springer
spaniels, fishing, hunting and being with his family (wife Carol,
sons Joseph and Andrew (Alea) and daughter Emily.) This past year
saw the arrival of Harrison, their first grandchild. After being a
member of the MFVGA for many years, he is looking forward to being
on the board of directors and helping to keep the organization moving forward.

Jerry Untiedt - Treasurer

Jerry Untiedt has been associated with Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm, Inc
for nearly 50 years. Untiedt’s engages in the production of small
fruits and vegetables as well as commercial production of corn, soybeans
and wheat. Of special interest to Untiedt’s is High Tunnel Production
of strawberries, tomatoes and other specialty hand harvested vegetables.
The high tunnel operation has grown to cover a substantial acreage
using both in ground and substrate production. Special production
methods have been introduced to amend the soils with farm produced
compost, the use of beneficial insects, beneficial fungi and other
healthy amendments. The Untiedt program has grown to be a model for
other Minnesota tunnel producers.

Jerry serves on the Board of the Minnesota Grown Program and works
closely with several University of Minnesota Departments in the area of
disease management.

On top of this, Jerry maintains a strong interest in MN Legislative Support
for the Minnesota Grown and Production Scenarios through Capital Lobbying
and activism.

Brad Chmielewski

Brad farms in Foley with his Father, Mark who started Stoney Brook
Farms in 2006. They farm 850 acres and grow asparagus, sugar snap
peas, green beans, sweet corn, squash and pumpkins. They sell their
produce wholesale throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada. All their
produce is handpicked. They are a Minnesota Water Quality Certified
far. Brad is very focused on soil health and making the land that
he farms better with the use of minimum tillage and beneficial cover crops.

Tom Gregor

Janssen Hang

Dave Nathe

David Nathe has operated Riverside Farms in Elk River since 1980.
With the help of Joe’s son Eric and other family members, they farm
450 acres of sweet corn, cabbage, green peppers, summer and winter
squash, and pumpkins. They take pride in the extremely high quality
of their products, labeling every box, “Quality that Counts.” Concern
for future generations has prompted Joe and David to use environmentally
friendly farming methods, including proper land stewardship.

Gary Pahl

Gary farms in Apple Valley with his brother Brian and son Jack.
They also have a retail facility with 4 acres under cover that they raise
transplants for the field, hanging baskets and bedding plants that
are sold for retail. The main crops in their operation in the field
consists of sweet corn, cabbage, green beans, cucumbers, peppers,
squash and pumpkins. Their vegetables are sold wholesale throughout
the upper Midwest and Canada with about 5% sold retail at their own
facility. Pahls also offer a CSA membership that runs from late June
thru October. Gary is currently the fifth generation with his son
being the sixth and they have been active in the MFVGA for over 30
years. They continue to strive to be the best grower and offer their
customers a great product at a competitive price.

Ex Officio/Advisors:

Floyd Broman

Annie Klodd

Annie Klodd is the University of Minnesota Extension Educator for
fruit and vegetable production, and serves as an external member of
the MFVGA board. In her role at the U of MN, she provides educational
programming for fruit and vegetable growers throughout Minnesota,
based on current needs and issues around crop production practices
and integrated pest management. Some of the unique focus areas of
her program will include weed management in vegetables and fruit,
high tunnel production, and optimizing fruit quality in vineyards.

Annie is originally from Indianola, Iowa where her family owns a commercial
vineyard and winery. She has been working in the vineyard since 1997
when her family planted their first vines. She continued in horticulture
at Penn State University, where she studied how perennial cover crops
can be used with fruit crops. Most recently, she worked for Penn State
Extension as a weed management specialist before joining UMN Extension
in January, 2018.