Alum Spotlight with Valerie Roth Schafer
This week’s alum spotlight is with Valerie Roth-Schafer, recent graduate of the Wholistic Nutrition Program. As always, we love hearing from our graduates about all of the great things they are doing. Have you heard about Fire Brew? It’s an incredible tonic great for immunity and overall health. Valerie has been very busy developing her own line of Fire Brew and more. Read on to learn more about Valerie’s adventures since graduating!
You graduated from the Wholistic Nutrition Program just over a year ago, what have you been up to since then?
In addition to holding hands-on cooking classes around the city, I started a company called Mind Your Manna. We make a health tonic called Fire Brew that comes in two flavors that we’ve been demoing and selling in farmers’ markets and local stores around town.
What have been your primary foci for your practice/business?
Developing my tonics has been taking up most of my time. I’m really a one-woman show so I do all the recipe creation, making the brew, marketing, delivering, etc.
What is your vision for the future of your business?
I’d love to get Fire Brew in stores across the country. It’s been really fun and creative to merge my love of healthy foods and marketing and watch a concept develop from a seed of an idea to a full-fledged product! I’d love to see people get ‘religious’ about the Brew.
Did you imagine this is what you’d pursue post-graduation while you were in the midst of the program? Or have things evolved differently than you had imagined?
It’s been a total surprise from what I imagined I might do but then again I went in completely open to a number of ideas and paths. This is a second ‘career’ for me so I did not want it to be as prescribed as the first. I just knew I wanted to do something around healthy foods/eating and that I needed to feel excited.
So, tell us more about your brew!
It’s an apple cider vinegar-based health tonic that contains an immense amount of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits and herbs. It can be pretty intense! I can’t take credit for the initial idea; Rosemary Gladstar, a pioneer in the herbal movement, really brought the recipe to light but I adapted it and made it my own, especially with my beet-flavored brew.
What would you say to someone considering the Wholistic Nutrition Program?
I say go for it! The field is wide open and changing quickly and if you jump in with your eyes open there are ton of really neat opportunities to shape the bigger conversation about the healing power of whole foods.
Do you have any delicious fall recipes to share with us?
Go check out my website. There are lots of cool recipes to tinker with, including one for fire cider 😉
Way to go, Valerie!
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