Archive for October, 2015

Team Member Spotlight: Kelsea Monks

October 22nd, 2015 (franklin)

Meet Kelsea Monks, Franklin Foods West Food Safety and Quality Manager/SQF Practitioner.

  • Where were you born? I was born in Mesa, AZ and raised in Florence, AZ.
  • What is your background (i.e., experience, education, etc.)? I attended the University of Denver, where I earned two Bachelor of Science degrees. One in Biochemistry and the other in Molecular Biology. I also minored in Medical Physics and Neuroscience.
  • What’s your role at Franklin Foods? I am the the Food Safety and Quality Manager/SQF Practitioner at Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande, AZ.
  • What do you like most about Franklin Foods? I love what I do and I enjoy the people that I work with. Franklin Foods is truly a wonderful company to work for.
  • What are your hobbies? One of my favorite things to do is ride horses and team rope. I also enjoy singing, spending time with my family and watching NFL football with my dad. Go Broncos!
  • What is your favorite song? It’s hard to pick just one. I am a huge George Strait fan and I love all of his songs.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Earning two Bachelor of Science degrees. It was no easy task.
  • Who has influenced you most in your life? My Father. He has always encouraged me to my follow my dreams and to never give up, even when things get difficult.
  • Where is one of your favorite places to visit? I love Colorado. I enjoy being outdoors and it’s a great state for outdoor activities, all year round.
  • What is your favorite flavor of cream cheese or dish made with cream cheese? One of my favorite desserts is cheesecake and cream cheese is a key ingredient!
Kelsea Monks

Kelsea Monks

Targeting Trends 2015 Conference: A Taste of Sustainability

October 2nd, 2015 (franklin)

Dairy Council of Arizona's 25th Annual Targeting Trends Conference

The Arizona Dairy Council hosts the 25th Annual Targeting Trends Conference: A Dish of Sustainability. The conference will explore sustainability from several different aspects, from farm to table to trash.


Jason Van Der Toorn: Every Day is Earth Day on a Dairy Farm

Learn about the environmental innovations used by dairy farmers as they care for the animals and land.

Shane C. Burgess, Ph.D.: Ag in AZ

Did you know that it’s possible to eat a healthy, balanced diet with what’s grown and produced in Arizona? Agriculture in Arizona is abundant, varied and delicious!

Anupama Joshi M.S. and Ashley Schimke, DTR: Farm to School

Farm to school enriches the connection between schools and fresh, healthy food and local food producers. School gardens provide unique educational opportunities.

Erin Fitzgerald: Nutrition Sustainability

You’ve heard about ‘carbon footprints’ and what farmers do to reduce greenhouse gases. But what about about you – what’s your ‘Foodprint’? You can make an impact on the environment with how you shop, cook and eat.

Jennifer Reeves, M.Ed. and Melissa Jahnke: Sustainability in School Wellness

Does your school struggle with implementing a wellness policy? Do you have a SWAT (School Wellness Advocacy Team) Team in your school? Learn how Fuel Up to Play 60, the premier school wellness program in the nation, has helped Arizona schools create sustainable changes.

Brandon McFadden, Ph.D: Biotech & Agriculture

Do you eat only organic or avoid GMOs? Learn about the research behind these and other agricultural technologies.