Karen Schauwecker - President
Karen Schauwecker is a Carbondale native, with a Master’s degree in Geography and Environmental Resources from SIU. While at SIU, Karen co-managed the LOGIC organic garden and completed the Master Gardener’s program. She spent a year teaching K-8 standard curriculum, nutrition, and agriculture in a garden setting in Birmingham, AL, with the Jones Valley Teaching Farm. After that, she worked as the assistant manager of the University Farm in Sewanee, TN. She is currently employed at SIU and has served as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Sustainability since 2017.
"Food works has supported the local food economy for many years, although much of their work is behind the scenes. The organization has been instrumental in expanding access to local, fresh produce for SNAP benefit users at farmers markets across southern Illinois. They've supported and taught new aspiring local farmers though their Farm Beginnings program. Food Works is also the organization that initiated and manages the Carbondale Community Farmers Market each winter, serving over 300 consumers each week on a typical winter. They do so much in the way of supporting this community, filling in wherever they are needed to support a vibrant local food economy- one that increases access to nutritious, healthy local food and supports the livelihoods of the farmers that grow this food for us." - K.S.