MAITC Foundation Staff
Regional Ag Literacy Specialist- Northern MN
Rachel Gray was born and raised on a dairy farm north of Blackduck, Minnesota. She attended high school there and eventually taught school in the Blackduck school district. After teaching for 15 years she made the decision to farm full time and has completed the transition to ownership of her parents’ cow/calf Black Angus operation. Rachel is married to Al, who works overseas, and they have two children Nickolas, who currently works for a fiber optic company, and Andrew who is currently in college. In 2017 Rachel became a Regional Curriculum Specialist for Minnesota Ag in the Classroom. She works closely with teachers to promote ag literacy in schools in Northern MN.
Regional Ag Literacy Specialist- Central MN
Toni grew up in a farming family on a small farm in WI where she developed a love of animals, growing produce, being outside and working hard. She currently lives in Carver on her own little 'homestead' consisting of fruit trees, gardens, bees, and a little flock of chickens. After teaching Health Education in the public school system for 6 years, Toni spent time raising her family and volunteering in the school garden. Her excitement of learning is contagious and she is eager to share the importance of agricultural education with other educators and the community in Central MN!
Regional Ag Literacy Specialist- Southern MN
Wanda is a farm partner in CW Pork, Inc. with her husband, Chuck. Together, they raise pigs, corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota. Wanda is a graduate of Minnesota State University - Mankato with a B.S. in Secondary Education/Social Studies. She shares her passion and time with a number of ag organizations. Wanda is a current member of the Minnesota Pork Board, a past participant of MARL (Minnesota Ag Rural Leadership), a volunteer for CommonGround, Martin County Corn and Soybean board and Farm Bureau’s Speak for Yourself. Their family was name the 2012 Pork Farm Family of the Year and Wanda was recognized as the Minnesota Pork Promoter of the Year in 2015. In addition, she takes her passion for ag a step further by using social media to reach out to consumers across the U.S. and the world. She blogs at Minnesota Farm Living where her primary objective is to help bridge the "where does my food come from" disconnect between consumers and agriculture. Wanda is looking forward to connecting with teachers and schools in Southern MN!