The Weston A. Price Foundation has chapters throughout the world and is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research, and activism. It supports a number of movements that contribute to this objective, including: accurate nutrition instruction, organic and biodynamic farming, pasture-feeding of livestock, community-supported farms, honest and informative labeling, and prepared parenting and nurturing therapies. Specific goals include the establishment of universal access to clean, certified raw milk and a ban on the use of soy formula for infants.

As a local chapter, we draw on the strengths of the community to share their time and expertise with the group. Thanks to our generous volunteers, we have had many activities including field trips, a Grass-fed Beef Buyers Club, group orders for fermented cod liver oil, group orders for pastured poultry, and representation of the Weston A. Price Foundation and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund at the 2010 and 2011 Pasadena Real Food Symposium. We are truly a reflection of the talents in our group!

We are always looking for new speakers, activities, and demonstrations of traditional food preparation. If you would like to suggest or present a topic, please  contact a co-leader.

Current Chapter Leadership

Karen Voelkening-Behegan

Founding Chapter Leader

Version 2Mother of 2, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Geographer, Nature Lover, and East Coast transplant, Karen started the Pasadena CA Chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation in November 2008 as a way to connect with other like-minded folks. Since then, she has been leading and growing the Pasadena CA chapter and helping more and more people connect with local and traditional foods.  One of Karen’s main missions has been to establish a sense of community by holding monthly potluck dinner meetings.  Thanks to phenomenal community support, Karen is proud to say that the Pasadena CA chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation has never missed a monthly meeting since their first potluck dinner on Earth Day in April 2010.  Above all, Karen is grateful to her co-leaders and many community members who have grown our chapter into a thriving hub for local foods, farming and the healing arts.  Karen works at Real Food Therapy in Sierra Madre and lives with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 standard poodles.

Joy de los Santos-Farrar

Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Membership, & Educational Exhibits

JoyAs the second generation daughter of Filipino parents, Joy had an early history with the types of food and preparations that the Weston A. Price Foundation supports. She can recall fond early childhood memories of eating pasture raised chickens and eggs, liver, bone broth with bone marrow and grandma’s homemade fermented food. However, as a product of a generation of media influenced fast food eating, she lost her way for a very long time. In summer of 2013, a serious car accident became a huge wake up call, restoring her connection to ancestral eating and reviving a simpler healthy lifestyle. Today she is a passionate advocate of traditional nutrient dense foods and the farmers and artisans that produce them. Joy is enthusiastic about the opportunity to be a part of the Pasadena Chapter leadership and welcome new members to this amazing group. Joy is a voracious reader (especially about local California history), avid traveler and loves to cook seasonal local farmers market foods. She lives with her husband and her two beautiful cats, Fiona and Leyla.

Aaron Zober

Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Presentations, Networking, & Field Trips

aaronzA Mid-West transplant to Southern California, Aaron Zober works in the TV industry and is the host and blog writer for The Appropriate Omnivore.  The first volunteer to serve as Chapter Co-Leader, Aaron is back in full force after a 2-year hiatus.  Aaron is extremely well-connected in the Real Food community and is currently developing his interests in the environmental aspects of food, farming, and the healing arts.  He brings fantastic speakers to our chapter, puts together wonderful presentations, and is a great resource for anything related to traditional foods, both in Southern California and nationwide.  Come meet Aaron at one of our chapter’s many impromptu field trips to farms, farmer’s markets, and other special events in the area.

Gabrielle Klein-Mejia

Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings & Web Support

GabrielleGabrielle discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation several years ago after some unexplained stomach pain. As someone who already had a fascination with how evolution shapes human behavior, the Weston A. Price dietary guidelines based on traditional cooking made immediate sense to her. She loves the feeling of independence that comes from taking control of her nourishment and sees opportunities everywhere for people to improve their lives by listening to their bodies. Gabrielle lives with her husband and daughter and works in digital marketing.




The leader and co-leaders of the Pasadena CA chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation do not practice medicine, are not licensed health care practitioners, and can not be held responsible for how the information contained on this site or presented at our meetings is used.  Each person is expected to listen to his or her own body and make informed decisions.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your health, please consult with your physician or other licensed health care provider.  Please read the required legal disclaimers here.