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
“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 […]
In 2014, 2 New York police officers were nearly killed while responding to a 14th floor fire on Coney Island. When investigators identified the source of the fire, a 16-year old African American boy who lived in the building, the teen admitted to setting a mattress on fire because “he was bored.” This, Lou Harris […]
For Erin Levy, the best part of being a School Resource Officer (SRO) is developing relationships with the kids at her middle school and helping them through any challenges they may be facing. After 19 years as a police officer in Yakima, Washington, she’s become familiar with the fear that many people attach to law […]
There’s one in every company – that fun, warm person who goes above and beyond to make the workplace and the community better for everyone. The definition of a team player, Nikki Chartrand was nominated as a Wholesome Hero by MANY of her colleagues at Zirkle Fruit (Rainier Fruit’s parent company). The Community Events Ringleader […]
Bre Forkner started skiing when she was just 12 years old, and loved it. As it happens so often, her passion for skiing took a back seat as she was building her career. Bre is a Produce Assistant Buyer at Costco. The produce industry got its hooks into her about 9 years ago, and has […]
Guillermo Gonzalez wasn’t planning to become a teacher. He started his career in law enforcement, but after seeing the work that his sister was doing as a teacher, he took a chance. He interviewed at the high school he had attended, and was hired on the spot. 23 years later, he fully understands the impact […]
Becky Andrews got her first guide dog 21 years ago, from Guide Dogs for the Blind. She had always been an active person, but after being diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa (a condition that causes gradual vision loss) she felt like she was slowing down and had trouble safely getting out and about. Now on her […]
What do you get when you combine nature, adventure, imagination, healthy living, and children’s television? We imagine it would look something like Mr. Greenheart’s Treehouse—a TV show created by Jefe, who stars as Mr. Greenheart. Mr. Greenheart is more than just a wholesome role model for children, he’s essentially an embodiment of childlike wonder, compassion […]
You know you’re doing something right when your teenage daughter nominates you for an award. Molly submitted an eloquent, heartfelt nomination for her father, and we thought we’d let that speak for itself. Kelly Mattson is known by many titles. To some he is teacher, others coach, to some he is known as a youth […]
When Stephanie Ringer was asked to establish an employee wellness initiative as part of her Employee Benefits Coordinator role, she took the directive further than most people would, and has made a lasting impact in her workplace. “It started with a walking program at lunch,” explains Danielle Gilbertson, a coworker, “We have beautiful natural surroundings […]
Jane Rice is the kitchen manager at Taylor Elementary School in Foxborough, MA. She loves nature, and loves being outside. An avid gardener in her free time, when the opportunity came to tend a garden at work, Jane stepped up and now manages the tower gardens for Foxborough Schools. Just as she does with the […]