Sonia Van der Kooi began Organic Essentials in 2020 after seeing a need for members of our community to have easy access to local, nutrient-rich food in a sustainable way. This inspired her to establish the "most sustainable CSA in Santa Barbara" by utilizing reusable, insulated bags to deliver weekly goods as well as by opting to replace all plastic packaging with more environmentally friendly and compostable options. She built Organic Essentials on these values and developed relationships with farmers and other local purveyors who practice these same ideals.
In May of 2022, local nutritionist Jaime Heer took over the membership program. She had been a long-time member of Organic Essentials and was excited to share the joy and health benefits of receiving Farmers Market goodies delivered directly to your doorstep. Jaime is passionate about helping people to optimize their health via real food & living as naturally as possible. When she isn't curating your Harvest Box, she is practicing Functional Nutrition at Better Belly Nutrition and Origins Integrative Medicine. Jaime is also a "home chef" who loves sharing simple recipes to help encourage others to ditch processed foods and focus on a diet rich in high-quality, whole foods.
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