Stacey Cavin, Local Forager

Glendale, California

Stacey Cavin

What does your job title mean?

I seek out local products for the stores I support in my region. I work across categories, guiding local suppliers through Whole Foods Market’s stringent Quality Standards application and approval process.

What's been your career path to Whole Foods Market?

My path as a Local Forager has been a whirlwind! I was initially hired specifically for the Santa Barbara Whole Foods Market-- my first day of work was in 2012 on a hot September day at the Sustainable Organic Living Festival. Within 6 months my responsibilities expanded to the 3 stores in the Central Coast area, and 6 months after that, I was brought onto the West Metro Team. Now I am happily supporting 12 stores!

A Day in the Life

No “typical” days for me. When I‘m not working my way through my local supplier files, I am out visiting farms, ranches or supplier kitchen facilities. I also participate in community events and farm to table dinners, because you never know when and where you might come across unique local products.

A Recent, Memorable Day

It was a gorgeous day on the Central Coast and I was visiting a local rancher with my regional meat team. We saw a calf lying on the grass that had just dropped from its mother. It got up and ran for the first time to where its mother had wandered. It doesn’t get more real than that!

What do you like most about working at Whole Foods Market?

Besides the fact that foraging for unique, local, artisanal products is a complete honor, I love working in the stores and with the various teams that I support. I’m always impressed by the level of ownership Team Members take on in their positions. It feels great to launch a new supplier into our stores. I am proud to be a part of a company that is “walking the talk” and impacting our cultural dialogue in a relevant way.

What advice do you have for people considering joining the Whole Foods Market team?

Team Leaders are looking for bright, reliable Team Members. Be genuine. Be prepared. Be yourself. Once you’re on board, observe leadership that you admire and learn from them. Go for it!

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