The Pasadena CA Chapter
The Weston A. Price Foundation has over 500 chapters around the world and ours is one of them! As a local branch of the Weston A. Price Foundation, we are dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet through education, research, and activism.
The Foundation 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.
Our Chapter was started by Karen Voelkening-Behegan in November 2008 after the annual international Wise Traditions Conference. At first we had no meetings because we had no meeting venue. But over time, Karen collected the email addresses of all interested parties until a reliable venue was found at Nature Friends lodge in Sierra Madre, courtesy of one of our members, Dr. Rosann Volmert, an active member of Nature Friends LA. Not long after that, we began gathering every month for potluck dinners and education in food, farming, and the healing arts. Our first meeting took place on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and we’ve been going strong ever since!
As a local chapter, our mission is to draw on the strengths of our community. Thanks to our generous volunteers, we have sponsored and enjoyed many activities and endeavors our the years, including field trips, picnics in the park, farmers market tours, farm tours, beach trips, fund-raising events, a Grass-fed Beef Buyers Club, group orders for coveted products (like fermented cod liver oil and pastured poultry), special events (like the 2010 & 11 Pasadena Real Food Symposia and the annual international Wise Traditions Conference), sponsoring guest speakers, ethnic nights, and movie nights, and of course dining together over many wonderful potluck dinners. Each and every one of these memorable activities was inspired by the passions of our participants. At WAPF-Pasadena, we are truly a reflection of the talents in our group!
We are an inclusive organization and always welcome new participants. Anyone may attend our events, regardless of membership status. Though membership is not required, we encourage everyone to become a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation in order to support its wonderful work in education and activism in food, farming, and the healing arts. So come dine with us, have some fun, learn a lot, improve your health, make a difference, and in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see in the world” !
Note: We’re always looking for new speakers and activities, so if you’d like to suggest a speaker or topic, or if you’re interested in being one of our guest speakers, please contact one of our chapter co-leaders!
Current Chapter Leadership
Founding Chapter Leader
Mother of 2, Health & Wellness Entrepreneur, Geographer, Linguist, 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 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 the Pasadena CA chapter into a thriving hub for local nutrient-dense foods, sustainable farming and the healing arts. Karen is currently developing several businesses as a health and wellness entrepreneur and offers nutritional consultations at Real Food Therapy as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She lives in Sierra Madre with her husband, 2 daughters, and 2 standard poodles.
Joy de los Santos-Farrar
Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Membership, & Educational Exhibits
As 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.
Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Presentations, Networking, & Field Trips
A 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.
Former Chapter Co-leaders
Former Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Events, & Web Support
Gabrielle 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. While a chapter co-leader, Gabrielle planned and lead meetings, gave presentations, and contributed to our blog. Gabrielle lives with her husband and daughter and works in digital marketing.
Former Chapter Co-Leader − Meetings, Photography, & Web Support
Chanlee discovered traditional nutrient-dense foods on a health journey that began with chronic pain and the end of her law career. Her love of learning and relentless self-experimentation transformed her health and led to certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP). While a chapter co-leader, Chanlee was one of our media experts and gave our website a new look by moving it to its current home on WordPress. Chanlee is the author of 4 of our blog posts. She voluntarily stepped in to help plan meetings when Karen was looking for support, and brought our online presence to a new level as one of our best photographers. Motherhood put Chanlee’s volunteering and new career on pause, but she enjoys applying her knowledge every day in caring for her husband and two young daughters.
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.