What is MANNA?

It is the 1 st food Co-op for Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area!

Our Mission

MANNA Food Co-op is a community owned and operated retail storefront and deli which fosters health and wellness, builds a sustainable food system, and supports the local economy in the Detroit Lakes area. We are dedicated to offering quality local, natural, and organic foods. 

At MANNA Food Co-op, we are about building community!  We desire to work together with local farmers, producers, and growers to create access to healthy food for everyone. We also want to help educate families on how to use these amazing products and to be a resource center for health and wellness!

fresh variety of tomatoes

Meet Our Board Members

Zachary Paige

Zachary Paige

President

Zachary Paige is the Food Sovereignty Coordinator for the White Earth Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, coordinator for the Lake Agassiz chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association of MN, and a sustainable farmer who is passionate about local food systems. Zach is currently developing a seed business with a group of sustainable growers across Minnesota.

John Skarie

John Skarie

Vice President

218-234-1888

JohnSkarie@msn.com

John and his wife Lisa are owner operators of Lakeview Greenhouses, producing chemical free, hydroponic produce since 2000.
Supplying local grocery stores, restaurants and markets with tomatoes, cucumbers and other goods.
 
John has a bachelors degree in aquatic biology from Bemidji State University, and is a certified wetland delineator.
Was active in the Lakes Area Farmers Market since inception, and served as President for 3 years.
He has also served as a Township Supervisor in Detroit Township, and a volunteer firefighter in Callaway.
 
He looks forward to serving on the Manna Board and is optimistic about it’s potential and future in our community.

Holly Kiehl

Secretary

From early experiences of growing up on a local farm, I have always had a passion for raising wholesome animals and growing my own food. As a Registered Dietitian, I have focused on teaching others how to incorporate healthy eating and activity into a balanced lifestyle to promote wellness. Through my role as the Director of Nutrition and Food at a local hospital, I have the ability to lead cohesive teams and develop successful programs. 
 
My strong desire to share my knowledge and expertise on the importance of sustainable, healthy eating with our local community coincides greatly with the mission of MANNA. I want to be a bigger part of MANNA to help support our local farmers, improve access to healthy food for all, and create a more sustainable environment. I feel my experience can help further develop the co-op and drive success in bringing our community together.
Ryan Pesch

Ryan Pesch

Treasurer

218-770-4398 | Lida Farm

lidafarmer@gmail.com

Ryan and his wife Maree own and operate Lida Farm, a diversified and certified organic vegetable operation in Otter Tail County near Pelican Rapids. They market primarily vegetables via CSA, the Lakes Area Farmer Market in Detroit Lakes, a self-serve stand, and through other retailers, although they also produce some hogs and boilers for their CSA members. In his professional life, Ryan received a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from U of M’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. As an Extension Educator with the University of Minnesota, he works with communities and business organizations on issues of economic development, tourism, and business development.

Susan Crow Kamath

Susan Crow Kamath

Susan is a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurse specialist at Essentia Health hospital in Fargo. As a youth, Susan grew up working at her family’s fishing resort and helping her mother and grandfather in their garden. Susan’s passion for gardening, hunting, and fishing are the result of her upbringing  from stout, self-sustaining German immigrants on her maternal side. When not working in her own garden, Susan and her husband can often be found riding their bicycles around Detroit Lakes and other local area bike trails and parks.  Along with her nursing degrees from MSTATE and Metropolitan State University, Susan also holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin in Sociology and Anthropology. Susan’s background in cultural and behavioral studies fuels her passion for travel, exploration, and experimenting with new food.

 

Kelsey Juhnke

“I am a IntegraƟve Nutrition Health Coach with a passion to help others better their lifestyle. A spouse, a mother and a lover of sustainable living. Natural remedies, holistic living and brussel sprouts are my jam!

Being apart of the board is more then just taking action. It’s to inspire
a new vision in helping more families! Providing resources and tools to
utlize all that the Co‐op has to offer!! With that goes the online presence & workshops classes! 

Kelly Schiffner

I was born and raised in Detroit Lakes, MN. I currently live with my husband and two small children in Audubon, MN. I am also a business owner in the Detroit Lakes community.

 
After high school I moved to Duluth, MN where I visited my first co-op. I began my college career majoring in Sales & Marketing, but changed my major and moved back to the area. I graduated from MSUM with a Liberal Arts degree in Graphic Design.
 
I have been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Detroit Lakes for 6 years. I have served as a board member for 3 years and I am currently serving my 2nd year as the Vice President, which will end in October 2021. I learned about Manna Co-Op when Wendy Gordon presented to the DL Kiwanis group in 2017 and after her visit I became a member.
 
My goal is to learn more about sustainable and natural food products, farm to table living, and shopping local. I want to educate myself, my family and my community of the many benefits eating local, natural and organic foods. I would like Manna to continue to thrive in our community as I see more people making the change to healthier living.