Karen Christensen

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September 12, 2008 @ Whole Story
I’m very happy to announce that Whole Foods Market has signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) designed to help improve wages and working conditions for Florida tomato pickers. I put together this blog entry to explain the steps we took that led us to make this agreement.

After developing a plethora of usable job skills as a student of painting and drawing, Karen Christensen’s first produce job was unloading a truckload of organic Florida watermelons by hand in 1988. She received a box of organic Haitian mangoes as part payment and has been hooked on produce ever since. Following stints in warehousing and driving produce delivery trucks, Karen came to Whole Foods Market in 1998 as a regional produce buyer in the Northern California region. Since that time, Karen has held a variety of positions including national produce buyer and regional produce and floral coordinator. When she’s not toting watermelons and enjoying mangoes, Karen can be found talking about cherries and berries while scouting for produce and floral in a variety of locations around the globe.