Kathleen was born and raised in Prescott, where she discovered the joy of gardening in her grandmother’s backyard. Some of her fondest childhood memories are of helping harvest sugar snap peas and eating raspberries right off the bush. It’s important that she grew up not only knowing where her food came from, but also the individuals who so lovingly cultivated it. This experience led her to become involved in the food movement and continues to inspire her to share the joy and wonder of gardening with her own children. Kathleen served in the inaugural class of FoodCorps service members on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation teaching gardening and nutrition to elementary students in the isolated community of Cibecue. She was a FoodCorps Fellow for the following two years, growing the non-profit’s programming in Arizona and supporting service members across the state.
JB Del Campo
Growing up in Los Angeles, JB was a city boy — raised on convenience, rarely considering how healthy or unhealthy food was. His mother and grandmother taught him how to cook using taste and smell. His grandmother had a garden and made everything from scratch, instilling in him a love of cooking. JB hadn’t been to a farmers market until he moved to Gilbert. After visiting the market there and others while traveling, he began to recognize the quality of real food. He began researching food systems and growing practices and changed the way he shopped. JB moved to Arizona in 2007 to attend ASU, where he received a degree in sociology in 2011.
Assistant Market Manager
Anne grew up in rural Vermont, where locally grown food is the norm. She appreciates the value and pride felt at planting a seed and tending to it and watching it grow into food, and the process of food decomposing into compost that can be used to fertilize current crops. She has seen how good food is not only a source of nutrients but also a source of connection between people, and at no place is this connection more evident than at farmers’ markets, where each person is selling a product they grew or raised, and where consumers can connect directly with farmers and be a part of the process — especially with a composting program! She particularly appreciates the effort PFM puts into serving everyone in the community, from all socioeconomic, political, and cultural backgrounds. Anne recently moved to the area from Massachusetts, where she was involved in community, and looks forward to getting involved with PFM’s community and learning more about growing food in a drier climate.
Assistant Market Manager
Jennie moved to Prescott the first time back in 2002 after growing up in various parts of the country. Deeply passionate about food all along its journey from soil to stomach (and beyond), she has worked in and studied several different sectors of the food system. Curiosity wrought from her career of waiting tables spurred a series of questions about the food she was serving, beginning with: where did it come from and why is access to healthy food so unequal? Her life’s trajectory changed when she spent 10 months working on a diversified tropical fruit and vegetable farm in Kipahulu, Hawaii in her mid-20’s. The seeds planted there led to various other farming gigs as well as four years as a school gardener here in Yavapai County. She is elated to work with an inspired team that supports a mission so close to her heart. When she isn’t engaged in something food-related, Jennie enjoys hiking with her dog, Cholla, dancing, and creating stained glass art.
Annie is a community-focused person who works to improve the world she inhabits on a daily basis; especially focused on waste reduction and diversion. She adores the incredible and unique natural and social biodiversity that surrounds her. She is grateful to have such an amazing local market to shop at and work with. She loves the sweet smell of compost and constant good company. Each week on the Compost Site she is reminded how powerful the people that devote their time and energy to community composting are.
Assistant Compost Manager
Keaton started volunteering with the Prescott Community Compost Project in the fall of 2021 and was immediately hooked. He has enjoyed watching the site grow and change and is constantly amazed by the strength of the volunteer community that keeps things moving. He is excited to be working with the Prescott Farmer’s Market and learning about the value of regional connected food systems.
Director of Community Outreach
Kaolin was born and raised in Dewey, just 18 miles down the road from Prescott. She has fond memories of a rural childhood spent outdoors, complete with raising cows, harvesting over-sized zucchini from the garden, and following her parents on hikes and river trips all over Arizona and the Southwest. After an early career in environmental regulation and consulting in Austin, she returned home with a desire to reconnect with her roots. A passion for all things healthy for humans and the planet brought her to PFM. When she’s not doing community outreach for PFM, you can find her hiking and swimming in the creek with her husband Mark and red heeler Daisy.
NoCo Community Kitchen Manager
Melinda was a former small business owner and understands the value local businesses add to their communities and the challenges they face trying to deliver their passion in the form of products and services. Local businesses, and the community they create, are a critical piece of the human puzzle. They need all the love and support we can offer. She relocated to Yavapai County from California to be the manager of the Food Hub pilot program. Working with a group of wonderful people who are equally committed to trying to make the world a better place is what excites Melinda about working at PFM.
Marie is a third generation Prescottonian and loves that she can serve “Everyone’s Hometown”. Supporting local businesses, farmers, ranchers and producers while fostering education and a sense of community is what brought her to PFM in early 2019.
In addition to a myriad of regular duties, since mid 2020, she also coordinates PFM’s Feed Your Neighbors (FYN) program. Using charitable tax credit donations she purchases fresh produce from our local farmers and with the help of dedicated volunteers, delivers it to food banks, food pantries and directly to those in need. You’ll often hear her speak of the FYN “triple win” – donors essentially get their money back by letting PFM use their tax credit instead of the State, our farmers are paid full price for their product, and those in need have access to local fresh vegetables. It’s a triple win for our community; money stays local, food stays local, and your neighbors are healthfully fed!