Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities of Minnesota. The Minnesota Cooks™ program and The Farmer and The Chef are created with support from MFU President Gary Wertish and the MFU Executive Committee and in partnership with Minnesota Grown.
Claudine Arndt is the manager of Minnesota Cooks™, a local foods program of MFU that served as the inspiration for The Farmer and The Chef . She is the primary author of the book’s stories, drawing from her dedication to local foods, a healthy lifestyle, and her unique ability to connect with others’ experiences. Also a nutrition counselor and owner of Wellness with Claudine, she encourages others to choose quality, local foods whenever possible.
Katie Cannon is the photographer for the Minnesota Cooks™ program, the public television program, Farm Fresh Road Trip, and The Farmer and The Chef . Beyond photography, Katie’s creativity helped shape and finesse each recipe and story in The Farmer and The Chef . Her photography business, Katie Cannon Photography, focuses on lifestyle photography of food, families, farms, and travel.
Bruce Miller was the membership outreach and special projects director for Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Cooks™ director, and also the driving force behind The Farmer and The Chef prior to his passing in November 2019. He was a champion for farmers and farm policy. He partnered with Minnesota Public Television on the creation of the Upper Midwest Emmy award winning television program, Farm Fresh Road Trip . He leaves behind a rich legacy in advocacy, fellowship, and local foods.