Photo by Douglas Rosenfield
After much consideration, Sash discovered that the best way for her to contribute to the food system and economy she would like to see is by putting her fermentation fanaticism to good use turning regional farmers’ produce into delicious sauerkraut. She has spent the last decade working directly with farmers, learning about sustainability and agriculture, and wondering how to restructure the economy so it could support a better future. Sash is constantly trying to learn more about sustainability and generative business so that every decision she makes as an owner supports those values. She graduated from the Evergreen State College where she focused on Food, Fermentation, and Sustainable Agriculture and earned her MBA in Sustainable Systems at Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot University.
Shaula brings a blend of financial and social experience from her work as a private equity investor and as a foundation grant maker. Shaula has been making direct private investments since 2006 and has explored the gamut of grantmaking, microenterprise, debt, convertible debt and private equity. She is invested in a handful of local agricultural products companies as well as some global fair trade food companies. Shaula received her Sustainable MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot in 2008. Between undergrad and business school she spent 10 years honing her problem analysis and business management skills at tech companies from megacorp to startup. She's delighted to be supporting the growth of probiotics!
Aletheia Larix started out with OlyKraut as member of the kitchen crew back in the fall of 2012, and worked her way up to being the Kitchen Manager in 2015. While she left at the end of 2015 to pursue other interests and do some travelling, the kraut (and team) have tempted her back. Now the Director of Administration, Aletheia does OlyKraut's bookkeeping and manages the back-end tasks related to general organization, certifications, permits, sales, and distribution and is excited to be working with a great crew of folks again. In her free time, Aletheia spends lots of time with her friends, her dog friends, reading, and walking in the woods. She also enjoys pottery and sewing, and would like to study both areas more.
Iris joined OlyKraut in 2014 first working in the kitchen and then quickly joining the farmers market team which she coordinated for a couple of years. In early 2017 she stepped into the role of Sales Director and has since been helping to get our sauerkraut to you. Before joining OlyKraut Iris worked as an environmental and outdoor educator guiding trips in Oregon, New Mexico, and Alaska. As time allows, she still enjoys getting out and sharing her love of fungi, plants, and natural history.
Nein St. Helens started at OlyKraut in 2013 when she moved to Olympia to start a small CSA farm. As OlyKraut has grown, she has worn many hats and helped to keep things running smoothly wherever she has focused her energy. Nein has a background in events production, farming, and troubleshooting. Before working at OlyKraut she was the Visual Arts Production Coordinator for Bumbershoot Arts Festival in Seattle, WA. In her free time she helps raise pigs, chickens, sheep and a giant garden of delicious vegetables on a small farm outside of Olympia.
OlyKraut is a Certified B Corporation, which means we’ve met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers. Learn more about B Corp Certification here.
OlyKraut has been the proud winner of several grant competitions, including the University of Washington’s Jones + Foster Accelerator, Edg3 Fund, and Eileen Fisher Grant Award, all strong votes of confidence for our good work.