Michelle Jacokes is a Produce Safety Technician with the Manistee Conservation District serving northwest lower michigan. She earned a B.S. in Food Industry Management from Michigan State University in December of 2015, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Following her graduation, and before becoming a PST Michelle worked on a large-scale organic farm in Western MA, served as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps Member with the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy as a Stewardship Technician, and worked on a crew at a local Leelanau county fruit and vegetable farm. While her passion for natural resources started in regenerative agriculture, it has since broadened to learning, promoting, and strengthening conservation initiatives across many different facets, including produce safety. She enjoys connecting with the ever-changing aspects of agriculture, as well as expanding services and innovative ways for farms to take steps to safer produce in ways that are adaptable for their business. In her free time Michelle loves to immerse herself in the great outdoors; cook; listen to records; farm/garden; explore the wonder of NoMI; and be surrounded by loving family, friends and all-around fun-loving people.