Katy Pomelov was living in San Francisco and working in software when she began growing food in her backyard and kitchen.
“I was really into kind of a raw food diet, so I was growing wheatgrass and such,” she explained. “Eventually, I was so obsessed with it that I kept wanting to figure out some way to do it professionally.”
Opportunity knocked when she was laid off in January 2012. While Katy was weighing her options for new tech jobs, her parents bought some land in Lake County for a summer home. Rather than return to tech, she ended up moving up there and started growing what is now LifeFood Gardens.
The direct-to-community farm primarily sells microgreens and grasses, along with a branded line of nut and seed butter and sprouted crackers.
Even though Katy traded tech for farming, it didn’t take long for Silicon Valley to find her again: Among LifeFood Garden’s customers is the Sunnyvale-based professional networking site, LinkedIn. The chef discovered her microgreens one weekend at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market and has been serving them at the LinkedIn headquarters ever since.
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