Partnership Development Director

Sue has dedicated over 20 years in contracted food service, self-operated food service, and retail food settings. During this time, she had the great responsibility and privilege of ensuring school age children at eight Menasha Wisconsin district buildings received high quality, nutritious meals through the food service program.

Sue is passionate about providing kids with healthy meals and has lived the mission through operating a 12 system Flex Farm while at the Menasha Joint School District. Sue embraced the operational and logistical challenges of managing a school nutrition program and viewed it as a wonderful opportunity to be creative to encourage kids to develop healthy eating habits.

Sue has been a School Nutrition Association member for over 20 years and was recognized as the SNA Midwest Regional Director of the Year. She has served on the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin Executive Board and currently sits on the Fox Valley Technical College Culinary Advisory Board. Sue is also Servsafe Certified.

Sue is a proud graduate of UW Stout with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two dogs and spends her spare time visiting with her two sons, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, gardening, cooking, boating and fishing.

What Fork Farmers are saying

“As a former science teacher and current curriculum resource for our district, I want to compliment Fork Farms on the high quality of the Flex Farm. The ease of use of the components and well-thought-out design make it very usable in the classroom. Having the curriculum materials available allows teachers to incorporate this wonderful resource into their teaching as part of the core instruction and not just a stand-alone project.”

Dr. Georgia Kraus, District Curriculum Coordinator

“This was such an authentic project-based learning experience for the kids. For them to be able to grow produce and brainstorm what we could do with that produce to make a difference in our world was really powerful.”

Rachel Sebastian,  Innovation Teacher

“I love the idea of students being able to garden year-round and not be limited by the winter weather. As an educator, I knew students would see the Flex Farm and they would be automatically drawn to it. Having this system allows them to see their progress throughout a growing cycle. It’s amazing how chemistry is involved, checking the pH level and nutrient level on a daily basis. When kids notice something is going wrong or if there is an issue, I let them figure it out. It’s really fun to watch them see success and use their problem-solving skills.”

Emily Bennett, High School Teacher

“Our school is heavy into service-learning. We had the kids brainstorm about what they believed was an issue the community faces. They suggested hunger. We engaged with a local pantry and the kids grew fresh lettuce to be donated. It was an amazing opportunity because it encouraged students to think about how they could improve their community and gave them the ability to take action themselves.”

Cassandra Graff, Teacher

“We are very pleased with our Flex Farm and appreciate the support you have provided. We have nibbled on a few leaves and are looking forward to salads, herbs and greens with every meal. Friends and family are anxiously awaiting the first harvest! Our hope is to fulfill family and friend needs and reach out to local food pantries and homeless shelters.”

Katie and Mark, Home Users – Green Bay, WI

“The Flex Farm is revolutionary for education because it allows students and teachers to use it as a flexible, hands-on and interdisciplinary tool for teaching that goes beyond traditional ‘sit and get’ teaching methods.”

Wendell Willis, Former Chief Operations Officer

“The Fork Farm system is innovative because it simplifies the hydroponic approach, minimizes the footprint necessary, and has an integrated lighting system. Support for running the system is great, and the staff are always willing to answer questions and stop by to help. Now, we are able to teach everything from the nitrogen cycle to the life cycle of plants to the benefits of healthy eating with one system. Students are engaged with the system at every stage of the process, from seeding to harvesting, to packaging and selling. This is a great addition to any classroom and school.”

Jason Stellmacher, High School Science Teacher