Cheryl Koehler, the staffperson who designs this magazine, loves to travel, which is why she travels Highway 45 to Chico four times a year to work on Edible Shasta-Butte (ESB) in spite of the fact that she’s very busy at her home in Berkeley, where she is the Editor and Publisher of Edible East Bay. When she visits, she goes to the Chico Farmers’ Market with her camera and takes pictures while Candace and Earl score some great produce. Back at Candace and Earl’s house (which is also the ESB production facility), this lovely produce gets made into some pretty tasty meals for the ESB staff. You can buy Cheryl’s book, Touring the Sierra Nevada, at Lyon Books in Chico.
Shelley Mariposa, our indefatiguable advertising salesperson, brings years of experience in community advertising sales to her position, most recently with the Chico community radio station, KZFR. She also sells advertising for NPR and PBS stations.
Carol Albrecht, the magazine’s first Sense of Place writer, and her husband Kurt own and manage Chaffin Family Orchards. Carol is the third generation of her family to farm the land in Coal Canyon north of Oroville, California. The Albrechts grow citrus, stone fruits, pastured poultry, olives, beef cattle, meat goats, and sheep on 2000 sustainably farmed acres. Carol and Kurt have six children aged 25 to five, five of whom were adopted from the foster care system. While writing years of behavior reports on children, Carol discovered relaxation and enjoyment in writing. Kurt and Carol’s purpose is to raise healthful food in a way that gives back to the land, the eater, and the families of the ranch.
Tyler Dawley wrote about the seasonal changes at Big Bluff Ranch, 30 miles outside Red Bluff, for the 2008 editions of the magazine.
The third chronicler of the agriculture seasons was Margaret Jensen who, with husband Gerry Long and son Ian Long, farms on Round Mountain near Burney at Good Work Organic Farm. Margaret continues as a frequent contributor to Edible Shasta-Butte.
Jennifer Greene owns and operates Windborne Farm CSA in the Scott Valley near Forts Jones and was the magazine’s fourth Sense of Place author. Baji Hantelman chronicled the 2011-12 seasons on Wookey Ranch, just north of Chico off Highway 99. The 2012-13 seasons on a dairy farm near Cottonwood were chronicled by Lori and Mark Duivenvoorden. The current Sense of Place correspondent, Paula Carli, writes about Windmill Farm, the CSA farming operation she and her husband Frank operate just south of Gridley.
Wolfgang Rougle farms Twining Tree Farm in Cottonwood and is a wild foods advocate, teacher, and author. A UC Davis graduate, Wolfgang honed her writing skills as a columnist for The California Aggie, authoring, among other articles, “How to Eat an Oak Tree,” and she has taught wild food classes through UC Davis’ Experimental College—Wild Salad Walk in the spring and Acorn Cuisine in the fall. Her little book, Field Guide for Wild Foods of the Sacramento Valley, all about local foraging, is available at her vegetable stand at the Redding Farmers’ Market and Lyon Books in Chico. Wolfgang has been a frequent contributor to Edible Shasta-Butte.
Readers of Edible Shasta-Butte probably know Jeremy Miller’s writing from his blog at norcalblogs.com/sustainable. There Jeremy discusses issues ranging from his successful quest to exempt his mailbox from product catalogues to Chico’s use of infill land development. The blog presents his “reflections and ideas about the quest to live a healthy and meaningful life, while allowing future generations to do the same.” He and his wife Amy have been known to throw chocolate tasting parties.
Edible Communities co-founder, Carole Topalian, travels the world with a finely tuned photographer’s eye. Her ability to communicate through photographs brings the Edible Communities’ mission to life as visual feast, and the pages of our magazines and websites testify to this. In addition to her work as photographer for Edible Communities, Carole also serves as creative director for the company, ensuring the highest possible level of quality and consistency in each of our printed newsletters and websites. During the 1980s, Carole owned a Los Angeles-based multimedia company where she produced several award-winning advertising and promotional campaigns for corporate America. Today she enjoys traveling the country while launching new Edible magazines in communities everywhere.
Originally educated as an engineer, Rick Bliss worked for years as a biology instructor at Yuba College in Marysville. Now retired, he is able to pursue other passions such as photography and writing.