MICHELLE CARKNER

University of Manitoba
Michelle.Carkner@umanitoba.ca

Michelle’s interest and passion for agriculture was born out of chatting with producers while receiving orders at kitchens’ back doors in Toronto restaurants. After completing her Red Seal in cooking, she enrolled at the University of Guelph and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph with a major in Organic Agriculture. During her time at the University of Guelph, she worked in plant science research, small-scale organic farms, and co-authored a cookbook on weeds called, “The Good Season: Easy Recipes for Wild Edibles” with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). She moved to the Prairies to pursue her Master's of Science degree at the University of Manitoba where she focused on organic soybean agronomy, working with organic farmers to conduct research on their land and sharing knowledge at farmer meetings, conferences, numerous media platforms. Michelle feels privileged to be able to continue to work with ecological farmers closely as part of the Participatory Plant Breeding program, and continue important organic agronomy research with the Natural Systems Agriculture team. Michelle is based at the University of Manitoba.