WHOLESOME TO THE CORE
A GUIDING PRINCIPLE THAT ALLOWS US TO LIVE LIFE FULLY AND BE OUR BEST SELVES BY MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES, GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND IN OUR WORK AND GIVING BACK IN OUR COMMUNITY.
WHOLESOME HAPPENS EVERYWHERE
From our orchards, to dinner tables, main street and everywhere in between good things are happening.
We celebrate healthy eating, healthy living and giving back. Watch for and we’ll watch for you as we all make Wholesome Happen.
OUR WHOLESOME HEROS
Coach Rene Hernandez is a runner and Marathon Kids ambassador. His passion for running has caused him to lose 80 lbs, improve his health, and even meet the love of his life! But Rene didn’t stop there. Now, in his tenth year teaching physical education, Rene spends his free time volunteering as a Marathon Kids […]
Rainier Fruit is proud to feature our very own Soo Choi as a Wholesome Hero! Soo is a hardworking, passionate and humble young woman who works on our sales team. In her spare time, she is implementing a new way for her community to come together and interact: The Sagebrush Hills Film Festival. Recently, the […]
Kitty Bolte is an environmental hero. Growing up in California, Kitty worked on farms as a teenager, caring immensely about the natural world and its diversity. Her love of agriculture has helped with her work in interesting, fast paced and problem solving environments. Since 2017, Kitty has worked for the Xerces Society, a California based […]
Sam can be found flying around the Zirkle Fruit facility in Selah, WA. Literally. Sam has recently taken up flying with his powered parachute and soars to heights of more than 5,000 feet! And that’s not even the most amazing thing he does. In addition to flying, Sam has recently become a Court Appointed Special […]
Leensa Ahmed and her friends at Green Garden Bakery are an inspiring example of the beautiful impact that food education programs can have. In fourth grade, they started participating in local cooking classes in their neighborhood. A non-profit group called Urban Strategies hosted the cooking classes, and each year the students learned more about nutrition, […]
Donna Loden possesses a joyful energy and an infectious excitement that radiates to those around her. As a retired teacher, one can only imagine her in the classroom, sparking curiosity and a passion for learning among her students. Now, as the founder of Growing Healthy Waves in Tupelo, Mississippi, she is sharing her passion for […]
May Tsupros was a science teacher in a Chicago high school when a senior student leaned over her desk and asked her, what were those things she was eating? They were blueberries. “That was the lightbulb moment,” she recalls, “when I realized that not everyone has access or exposure to healthy, wholesome food. I realized […]
Mim Michelove is so down to earth, it’s easy to forget that you’re talking to someone who is literally changing the world. Mim is the visionary behind Farm Lab, an innovative outdoor learning campus for students in the Encinitas, CA school district. The path that got her to this point, however, has had some twists […]
Anneliese Tanner is a school food superhero. Nearly three years ago, she took over foodservice operations at Austin Independent School District (ISD), and since then has revolutionized every facet of how kids in the district eat at school. However, like many of our Wholesome Heroes, Anneliese didn’t start her career in the field that has […]
About 10 years ago, Tami decided to make a change. She was living in Washington DC with her husband and four children (all 1 year apart!), and their lives were so busy. Tami had started her career as an educator, but moved into a corporate position in the software industry. When she looked at her […]
“Society sometimes deems people unproductive—not worth investing in,” says Arjuna Paris O’Neal, “I had a lifetime of experiences that made me someone society normally would write off.” Growing up amid trauma and violence on 7 Mile on Detroit’s East side, Arjuna was exposed to drug and gang culture at an early age. By the time […]
Paul West is a Produce Sourcing Specialist at Sobeys. A produce industry veteran, he loves the rapid pace of working in perishable food, and the constant learning process. “You learn something new every day.” He says, “It doesn’t matter how much you think you know about this industry, there’s always something to learn!” Cycling That […]