Previous to joining us, Kelsey was an intern with CUESA’s (Center for Urban Agriculture) Food Wise Kids program. She organized field trips for schools where children visit the Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market. In conjunction with their visits, Kelsey introduced kids to new vegetables, helped them shop for produce and then worked with them to prepare a meal from their farmers’ market shop.
When Kelsey was in 7th grade she saw the documentary “Super Size Me” and it had a deep and lasting impact on her. The film planted the seeds for her interest in food, nutrition and wellness. After seeing the film, she began learning as much as she could about how to eat in a way that would not harm her body. She began to see diet in a way that would not only affect her physical appearance, but also to understand that the kinds of food she ate played a key role in laying the foundation to have a productive and successful life.
In her personal quest for wellness, she developed an interest in educating family, friends and the broader community about how delicious fruits and vegetables can be, especially if they are mindfully sourced and prepared. Her desire to “spread the wealth of good food to other people” is how she came to Frog Hollow.
In her work at Frog Hollow, Kelsey is excited to learn more about how food is produced. She feels food is a powerful way to bring people together and that the CSA model is an effective avenue to help people develop a more meaningful relationship with their food. Since coming to Frog Hollow, a few of her friends have joined our CSA. Previous to their membership, their fruit was sourced through conversion retail channels. Now, Kelsey is happy to hear them talking about how super tasty their CSA fruit is and how excited her friends are to talk about it with other people. She’s looking forward to fostering these types of relationships and synergies in people and communities throughout the Bay Area through her work with Frog Hollow.