The Color of Health & Nutrition

Stahlbush Island Farms Owner & Artist Karla Chambers Inspires Kids to Eat Healthy……

Karla Painting at Expo West

Expo West, Anaheim CA, March 2014: Karla Chambers, Co-Owner of Stahlbush Island Farms, Inc. in Corvallis, Oregon combines her passion for healthy organic and sustainable food with the brilliant colors of her art.

“Our goal is for Americans to realize that it is very simple to make healthy choices,” says Chambers. Mother Nature’s healthiest and most flavorful foods are bursting with brilliant natural colors: the rich blue in blueberries, the oranges in pumpkin and the purples in Marion blackberries. These colors signal the sweetness, ripeness and nutrition that our bodies need.

The Color of Nutrition

Karla holding her new coloring book

In addition to growing and selling natural foods throughout the US and abroad, Chambers is an accomplished naïf artist whose work is exhibited in fine art galleries in New York City and San Francisco.

“My art is a reflection of the world I see – brilliant, fertile fields and vibrant life created by mountains and valleys, the clean water and soils that produce perfect foods,” said Chambers.

Tackling Obesity Through Art

Chambers now combines her fine art and her passion for healthy food in a MOVEMENT OF HEALTHY INSPIRATION, to help solve America’s obesity problem. She is beginning with young children.

Brown and White Foods

“Children learn their colors before they learn to read, so I know that through fine art and creativity, we can help them connect the dots to better nutrition and food choices. They simply need to choose natural, vibrant color,” says Chambers. “I want children to down-size their ‘Brown and White’ diet – full of hamburgers, French fries, hot dogs, potato chips, pizza, chicken nuggets, cookies – and ‘super size’ a more colorful diet, full of healthy fruits and vegetables,” says Chambers.

Passionate about getting Americans to eat healthier, Chambers is now taking her message to schools through a new “recipe and coloring book” targeted for children. This coloring book is available to companies, retailers and groups that wish to join in promoting this message of health.

New Packaging & New Products Feature the Colors of Health

New cool cauliflower package

Stahlbush Island Farms has recently released their newest packaging, which features Chambers’ original art. They are also releasing three brand new and unique products – “Cool Cauliflower” & “Tri-Colored Sliced Carrots” & “Chopped Curly Kale” – with all natural colors of purple, green, yellow and orange. Karla has also started adding her bright paintings to the packages of the blueberries, butternut squash, super sweet corn, Marion blackberries, spinach and strawberries.

The business owner, artist and mother will be at EXPO West throughout the show (booth number 4145) painting and available to talk to media as well as customers.

New Butternut Squash bag featuring "Autumn Harvest" by Karla Chambers

Growing and Managing Food

Karla Chambers, Co-owner of Stahlbush Island Farms, spoke on a panel for the League of Women Voters of Portland about Growing and Managing Food: Perspectives for Today and the Future. In addition to Chambers, there was a wheat farmer, a cattle rancher and a professor of environmental management. The topics for discussion were creativity, innvoation, GMOs and the future for agriculture and policy. The entire panel was filmed and you can watch it below. Chambers begins speaking at about 53:36.

Karla S. Chambers to Paint at Fancy Food

"Art of Healthy Berries" latest painting by Karla S. Chambers

Karla S. Chambers, Co-Owner of Stahlbush Island Farms, will be painting at the Fancy Food Show in New York over the weekend. As part of her Movement of Healthy Inspiration, she continues to bridge the gap between color and nutrition through art.

“I love color,” Chambers says. Showcasing the colors of her sustainably grown, frozen fruits and vegetables on a canvas offers a unique opportunity to spread the message that color and nutrition go hand in hand.

“It’s as simple as looking at what is on your plate. A variety of color equals a well-balanced meal. Children get this,” Chambers says.

Chambers has an exhibition planned for later this summer at a prominent science museum in Portland.

In addition to her Porltand exhibition, she has also attracted the attention of Arnot Galleries, a prominent family-owned gallery in New York City since 1863. Vicki Arnot of Arnot Galleries says Karla’s paintings are unique in style and most certainly inspiring ‘healthy food choices’ in youth and adults of America. Arnot Galleries is now representing Chambers in the art world.

The Summer Fancy Food Show in New York is expected to attract 35,000 people. Chambers says that painting at these shows is very powerful. They can tell right away that I’m lifting the colors of the fruits and vegetables off of the table and onto my canvas, says Chambers

Chambers will be painting on Sunday, June 30th and Monday July 1 at booth number 543.

"Color of Fruit" will be on blueberry bags this year

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Painting The Way to Healthy Eating

Vibrant colors and farming scenes are inspiring a new conversation about nutrition.  Karla S. Chambers, a prominent figure in the food world, is the Co-owner of Stahlbush Island Farms.  Stahlbush is an environmentally friendly farm and food processor committed to sustainable agriculture and exceptional quality in Corvallis, Oregon.  Stahlbush was recently named the 2013 Sustainable Plant of the Year by Food Engineering Magazine and Business of the Year by the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce. Stahlbush is unique in that it is a vertically integrated food company.  As the farmer and the processor, Stahlbush is able to let food fully ripen on the vine to achieve peak ripeness, vibrant colors, and full-bodied flavors.  The food is harvested and freshly frozen on the farm within 48 hours, sealing in a fresh-picked flavor.  The Stahlbush “frozen is fresher” concept has become very popular among the company’s consumers that are trying to incorporate fruits and vegetables into the diets of picky eaters.

“Never tried frozen until Stahlbush. My family eats more veggies now then they ever did,” said Paige Gill.

“Our grand children don’t usually eat their dinner. However they ate your corn and had seconds. I must say your corn is the best I have ever had,” said J.D.

Stahlbush has selected 6 beloved products: Blueberries, Butternut Squash, Marion Blackberries, Spinach, Strawberries and Super Sweet Corn for a special distinction, The Family’s Private Reserve. The collection was hand-picked by the Chambers family.  Each package will feature an original painting by Karla S. Chambers with a special introduction.  The move was inspired by the wine industry’s use of art to convey the message of quality, sophisticated flavors, and unique style.  The new packaging prompted the largest art magazine, Art World News, to do a feature on the “Synergy of Organic Food & Art,” in October.

The packaging is just one way that Stahlbush is using art to tell a story.  Chambers paints using the colors of Stahlbush’s perfectly ripe produce: deep blueberry blues, strawberry reds, Marion blackberry purples, pumpkin oranges, and corn yellows.

“I love color,” Chambers said.  Being able to showcase the bounty of Stahlbush on a canvas offers a unique opportunity to spread the message that color and nutrition go hand in hand.

“It’s as simple as looking at what is on your plate.  A variety of color equals a well-balanced meal,” Chambers said.

The idea really hit home when Chambers’ youngest son Joe was dining with some friends.  He looked at the plates of his companions.  They were all various shades of brown from fried foods and french fries.  The plates were in stark contrast to his mother’s multi-colored salad.  He looked at her and said, “I get it.”

Since that day, Chambers’ plan to create a children’s education and art program has become a serious endeavor.  The program will use her brightly colored paintings and Stahlbush’s colorful foods and resources as tools to help children understand the role that colors play in both the art and nutrition worlds.

“I think this program has the potential to spread nationwide,” says Chambers.

Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the span of 30 years.   Art programs in schools have all but disappeared, leaving a gap in creative expression.  A program that addresses both of these needs could be very powerful Chambers says.

Chambers will be painting at Expo West in Anaheim, California on March 8 to 10, where over 60,000 people will see the connection between her paintings and the food displayed at the booth.

Vote for Stahlbush!

Stahlbush Island Farms was recently nominated for Edible Portland’s Local Hero Award.  The Local Hero Awards celebrate outstanding contributions to our regional food community.  The award is won through community votes.  Stahlbush was nominated for our sustainable agricultural practices, achievements and recent awards, namely the Sustainable Plant of the Year and Business of the Year.  Please click on the following link to cast your vote:!

Environmental Stewardhip Award

On January 16, Denton Plastics Inc. presented the Environmental Stewardship award to Stahlbush Island Farms!  In 2012, Stahlbush saved over 714 barrels of oil, 253,190 kWh of energy, and 1315 cubic yards of landfill space through recycling 87,700 pounds of plastic.  We are so proud of this award!

2013 Business of the Year

Stahlbush Island Farms was named Celebrate Corvallis’ 2013 Business of the Year on Friday night!  Celebrate Corvallis is an annual event from the Corvallis Chamber of Commerce that honors outstanding accomplishments from businesses, citizens, and organizations.  Stahlbush Island Farms was commended for the recent Sustainable Plant of the Year award by Food Engineering Magazine.  Stahlbush was also recognized for its yearly donation of over 1 million servings of healthy food to local food banks.  The award was accepted by Carl Chambers, the oldest son of co-owners Bill and Karla Chambers.  Carl manages Stahlbush’s largest organic farm in Medford, Oregon.

Find us on First Thursday!

Every first Thursday of every month, local artisans and art lovers gather in Portland, Oregon’s Pearl District for a free night of art, wine, and food.  All of the local shops and galleries open their doors late into the night in honor of the monthly event. Join us at the Lara Sydney Framing Gallery on December 6 and 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Browse through the stunning fine art collection of Co-owner Karla S. Chambers.  Sample Panther Creek Pinot Noirs, recently named one of Oregon’s Top Pinots.  And enjoy food pairings from Stahlbush Island Farms.  It’s an event that you won’t want to miss!

See you there!