NCCEA Regional Honors and Recognitions

North Central Region – Excellence in Extension  - 2015 Recipient

Julie Garden-Robinson

Professor & Food and Nutrition Specialist

North Dakota State University Extension Service


Julie Garden-Robinson develops educational programs and conducts research in the areas of nutrition, food safety, and health.  After completing a degree in dietetics with a minor in music and a master’s degree in food science, Garden-Robinson earned her doctorate in cereal chemistry and food technology, with a minor in biochemistry at North Dakota State University in Fargo.  She has worked as a food and nutrition specialist since 1994, and she has used her multidisciplinary educational background in forming teams with health, nutrition and exercise sciences, education, plant sciences, horticulture, 4-H, animal science, pharmacy, sociology and 16 commodity groups, government and professional groups.


With collaborative multistate group, Garden-Robinson has helped secure more than #12 million in external funding and developed numerous prize-winning educational programs for people of all ages and for diverse population groups. She has written a weekly column, “Prairie Fare,” since 1997 and since 2012 written a weekly blog.


She was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and she is the past national chairwoman of the Food and Nutrition Extension Education Division for the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.  She served as president of the North Dakota Nutrition Council twice and current serves, and has also served on the Journal of Extension board and member of the National Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Action Team.


Garden-Robinson earned her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. at North Dakota State University.