Karen, a self proclaimed locavore who grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota, moved to Philadelphia in August 2010 from Illinois, where she co-founded and was the President of the Geneva Green Market for 5 years. The group supported small, local, sustainable farmers within 200 miles of Geneva Illinois. She hosted and organized an educational kid’s corner and coordinated the Chef demo events every market day. Karen also promoted the benefits of local food to various organizations within the Fox River Valley in Kane County. She served as a member of the Fit for Kane Coalition, a group that was formed to study and apply for a grant to fight childhood obesity.