Katie is the Community Food Systems Program Associate, a registered dietitian and founder of Foodwise Consulting. Her lifelong passion for food was inspired by her mother, an incredible cook and staunch advocate of family meals. After a short-lived career in finance, she returned to graduate school to focus on nutrition. In 2015, she obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota and a registered dietitian (RD) credential. Her interest in childhood nutrition and health equity led her to an internship at Parents in Community Action (PICA) Head Start, where she served as a consultant dietitian.
By Katie Costello, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
For nearly a decade, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy has been engaged in Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) initiatives, helping connect young children with locally grown foods while fostering an awareness of the importance of healthy food for children, families, farmers and communities.
By Erin McKee VanSlooten, Katie Costello
The Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (Community Action) Head Start Program worked with the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to launch the first Farm to Head Start initiative in Minnesota in 2014.