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Mandy Makinen

Mandy Makinen has 15 years of experience working in the natural and organic foods industry; she enjoys providing information to consumers about the benefits of whole foods, from farm to fork. When not writing about, reading about, growing or cooking food, Mandy likes to spend time with her family and cats and work on their mid-century rambler. Mandy works for the National Co+op Grocers (NCG) in St. Paul, MN.

I own a food co-op with some friends
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