Nutrition Field Specialist Deb Sundem retiring

Farm Forum

Brookings – Deb Sundem, Nutrition Field Specialist in the SDSU Extension Regional Center in Watertown, has devoted 28 years to Extension and will be retiring Jan. 21. She has been a huge supporter of 4-H and the communities she has lived in.

She grew up a Minnehaha 4-H member and SDSU jackrabbit. Following graduation, she taught in Nebraska for a few years before being hired with Day and Marshall Counties in 1985.

Programs and activities Sundem was involved with include: Day Care Providers and child care classes, Extension Homemakers, Farm and Home Show exhibits area and programs, helped set up the recycling program in Marshall County that ran for many years and helped load and sort all the recycling. She established Senior Series, Resourceful Living, and Parenting Pipeline newsletters. She received the Marshall County Friend of 4-H Award in 1996, and helped organize Farm Family Seminars. She spent 11 years working in Day and Marshall Counties.

She came to Codington County in 1996. She kept the 4-H program running smoothly in the absence of a 4-H educator from 1996 to 2003. She has organized Child Care Provider conferences, Kid Kare Clinics, Grandma’s Pie plate, Senior Seminar, Medicare, estate planning and much more. She has taught nutrition programs at the Codington County schools and afterschool programs and taught the Strengthening Families Program. She has increased Special Foods from one shift to a two day Special Foods Contest with 40 – plus kids.

Sundem has been an invaluable resource to the community in Northeastern SD and Codington County by providing advice on food nutrition, safety, and preservation. She has served on numerous boards such as Community and Family Extension Leaders (CFEL) and Watertown Area Council for Aging (WACA).

Sundem will be honored at a retirement party for her Jan. 25 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Regional Center in Watertown – Entrance B. There will be an award presentation at 3:30 p.m.