Meet the Cultures for Health Team

 

Customer Support Staff 

 
Bonni, CFH Customer Support Manager  

Bonni, Customer Support Manager
Traditional foods are an important part of my life. I started on the cultured foods path quite few years ago, beginning with sauerkraut. Since then, I have cultured yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, a variety of veggies, sour cream and gluten-free sourdough. Kombucha and water kefir are my all-time favorites! I’m having a lot of fun with gluten-free sourdough.

I am a busy homeschooling mom to my daughter, so I am always looking for the most efficient and least time consuming ways to manage all my culturing. It took just a little planning, but I am able to keep at least 4 different cultures going without feeling overwhelmed. I’d be happy to help you find your rhythm! I also love to knit, read, and watch movies. Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
Suzanne  

Suzanne, Customer Support Assistant Manager
I’m into gardening, real food, and treading lightly. My favorite cultured foods include matsoni yogurt, which tastes just like the yogurt my Armenian grandmother used to make; sauerkraut, which I used to dip out of a barrel each week at my favorite little shop in Germany; and dill pickles, which I used to eat straight from the big jar on the counter of my Grandpa’s general store.

I love that my house looks like a science lab, with fermenting experiments on every available shelf or countertop. Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
Anita, Customer Support Representative  

Anita, Customer Support Representative
I became interested in healthy food and its benefits when my daughter developed some food sensitivities. This began our family journey into gardening and fermenting. We designed and built several hydroponic gardens for growing fresh vegetables all year. Our backyard homestead on Cape Cod has grown to include chickens for fresh eggs and we hope to add a few goats for fresh milk. We’re looking forward to fresh goat milk kefir, yogurt, and cheese! We are a homeschool family and find the care of the homestead a valuable learning experience. Our vegetable-loathing daughter decided that veggies are quite delicious when you grow them yourself! Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
Jerri, Customer Support Representative  

Jerri, Customer Support Representative
I’m a wife and mama. Life in our family is crazy busy with softball, baseball, schooling and teaching, church, and horses too, but I’ve always made time for my cultures! My culturing adventures began several years ago with other moms who were seeking a healthy way of feeding our families. Together we dabbled in milk kefir, yogurt, sourdough, kombucha and sauerkraut. In the past year I’ve expanded from sauerkraut to other vegetables, and have grown a passion for water kefir! Our experiments with water kefir have led to squeals of delight and excitement over the champagne-like explosions and its amazing tastes. I enjoy sharing with others my experiences and knowledge, and helping families find success and happiness with cultured foods. Fermented foods: it’s the one time it’s okay to play with your food! Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
Sarah, Customer Support Representative  

Sarah, Customer Support Representative
I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. "I wonder" is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous!  I love to learn and share what I've discovered. Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
 eve  

Eve, Customer Support Representative
For my 7th grade Science Fair project I cultured yogurt. I received first place in my division and competed in a regional competition. My fascination with cultured foods has stuck with me ever since. Over the years I have made yogurt, fermented vegetables, sourdough, kombucha, and also love sprouting and dehydrating. In my spare time I like to knit, bike, garden, cook, and study natural medicine.

   

Warehouse Staff

Jamie, Warehouse Assistant  

Jamie, Warehouse Assistant
I started with CFH full time at the warehouse in February 2013 and have had the pleasure of learning to make my own yogurt. I enjoy playing with my two beautiful daughters and taking them for walks.

   
     
Ben, Warehouse Assistant  

Ben, Warehouse Assistant
I started with CFH in October 2012. In my spare time I enjoy reading (particularly about history), spending time at the library, and church activities. I am a proud and doting uncle to my five nieces and four nephews. I hope to someday travel to Sweden, Israel, Germany, Moscow, and Ireland.

   
     
Joe, Warehouse Assistant  

Joe, Warehouse Assistant
I started with CFH in April 2013 working full time at the warehouse. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, often playing disc golf or cooking out.

   
     

Administrative Staff

     
Julie, Administrative Staff  

Julie Feickert, Administrator
Shortly after I became a first-time mom, I was introduced to the idea of eating real foods including cultured and fermented foods such as yogurt, kombucha, and sauerkraut during a workshop on sustainable living. I spent the next month frantically cleaning out our pantry and completely switching our diet much to my husband Eric's surprise. I suddenly felt so much better about how we were eating and the future we could offer our son by establishing a healthy relationship and a connection with what we ate. A year later with a baby on the way I faced the prospect of returning to teaching at night or finding a way to make a small income at home. I decided to start a small website with ten products. Eric built the first website and within days it was a success. Two years later CFH had grown far beyond what I was capable of handling on my own each day and so Eric left his corporate job to come work with me full time. A few months later we hired our first employee to work in customer service. From there we have grown by leaps and bounds and now work with a team of 20+. I am blessed to be the mother of three amazing young children and in my spare time I enjoy cooking and reading. One of these days I hope to learn to knit. My favorite cultured foods include water kefir and kombucha and I try to at least have those two foods culturing in my kitchen at all times no matter how crazy life gets. I was raised in Portland, Oregon but in 2012 we made the decision to move CFH to Sioux Falls, South Dakota where I now live with my family. Read my CFH blog posts here.

   
     
Eric, Technical Director  

Eric Feickert, Technical Director
From 2008-2010 I worked with Julie developing CFH on a part-time basis until it grew to the point I left my corporate tech management job to work for CFH full-time. I balanced managing the warehouse and technical issues until recently when I assumed my current role. My background is in electronics and high tech management. In my spare time I enjoy bike riding, working with computer and robotic projects, and spending time with our three kids. I like yogurt and cheese and while it took me a while, I developed a taste for kombucha and now enjoy it.

   
     
Brooke, Office Manager  

Brooke, Office Manager and Wholesale Accounts Coordinator
First and foremost I am a mother to Tyson, and my two "bonus" children Lyric and Jalen, which I love every minute of. I love the outdoors and cooking, and I enjoy spending time with my family, although we are very busy with multiple activities as my husband tends to coach every team the kids play on. I also am completing my Bachelor's degree in Business Management while minoring in Accounting. I love working at Cultures for Health, where you really feel as though you are part of a family. I have started culturing at home, and my whole family is part of the culturing journey. Being a beginner I have found that everyone is so helpful, which makes this journey very enjoyable.

   
     
 Erin, CFH Social Media Coordinator    Erin, Social Media Coordinator
I am a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful babies. When I am not playing with the kids, or working here at Cultures for Health, I am a professional actress in our local production of South Pacific! My favorite cultured foods are milk kefir and sauerkraut. I feel these are the easiest and most versatile cultures. I have taught many classes on fermenting kefir, veggies, and kombucha. Before I was a mom, I owned my own company selling sauerkraut, kefir, and lacto-fermented condiments. I love to help people on their journey to health using these amazing and fun foods! Read my CFH blog posts here.
     
   
     
 Shannon, Blog Manager and Content Contributor  

Shannon, Blog Manager and Content Contributor
I am a wife, mama to three (almost four), homesteader, freelance writer, picture-taker, home cook, and home-fermenter. I have been interested in all aspects of fermentation since I began my journey to sustainable living over six years ago. I love that milk kefir preserves my milk, sauerkraut keeps my cabbage, sourdough keeps me from buying yeast, and kombucha and water kefir are just downright tasty.

 
I am a content contributor for the main CFH site and manage the CFH blog. I share my family's journey toward sustainable living on my own blog Nourishing Days. My family and I reside on a two-acre off-grid homestead in central Texas with an ever-expanding brood of children, chickens, gardens, and orchards. Read my CFH blog posts here.
 

   
     
Tracy, Content Contributor  

Tracy, Content Contributor
I am an aspiring homemaker, amateur writer, cheese-maker and off-grid homesteader. My family runs a small-scale homestead in the heart of Texas, raising chickens, ducks, sheep, pigs, Longhorn and Jersey cattle, rabbits, and of course now and then there are the random dogs and cats and orphaned wild animals. We milk our own cow and grow most of our food in our raised-bed gardens. Cheesemaking and cultured foods are a bit of a passion of mine. I also love writing, baking, singing, sewing, laughing, and photography.

   
     

 Production Staff

     
 Wendy, CFH Production Manager  

Wendy, Production Manager
A few years ago my love of cooking and my passion for creating decadent dishes led me to establish a commercial kitchen facility to support my new catering business. Unfortunately the timing proved difficult as the economic downturn began right about then and catering jobs quickly dried up. As an alternative, I partnered with CFH to manage the growth and packaging of the CFH line of starter cultures. I now manage two commercial food processing facilities dedicated to CFH products. I supervise a staff of several assistants who oversee the care, growth, and packaging of over 10,000 packets of starter culture each month. I still love to delight friends and family regularly with cooking while incorporating cultured ingredients such as yogurt, kefir, and kombucha. I am a mom to an adult son and two teenage daughters and live with my family just outside of Portland, Oregon.

   
     
     

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