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elementary FRESH is the flagship publication of Oregon 501(c)3 non-profit KitchenFable Publishing, Inc. KitchenFable was founded by sisters Jessica Turner and Jordana Bowen, both busy moms of young children as well as primary wage earners.

This new endeavor arose out of a tragedy that almost left a tiny baby without a mother! Three short months after Jordana gave birth to her daughter, she suffered a heart attack and very nearly died. Doctors worked through the night to save her. When she woke up in the ICU the next day, Jessica was beside her. They promised each other that they would find a way to lead healthier lives for both themselves and their families.

In late October 2015, Jessica had an idea for a new kind of magazine produced in partnership with local schools, businesses, and local health experts. KitchenFable Publishing, elementary FRESH and the Fresh Network Grant Program were born!

Fresh Network Grant Program

Over 250 elementary schools in the greater Portland metro area were invited to apply for the Fresh Network Grant Program. 9 winning schools became part of our Fresh Network for the school year, receiving:

  • A generous grant for a health-related purpose
  • Our flagship magazine about family health and nutrition for parents, elementary FRESH – one free copy of each issue per student household during the school year

The program is funded by tax-deductible advertising sponsorships within the magazine.

Each Fresh Network school receives a generous grant for a health- or wellness-related purpose to benefit kids at the school. Here are some of the projects we are excited to fund this year:

  • Starting or expanding school garden programs
  • Youth mercado (farmer’s market)
  • Improving/paving walking paths
  • Exercise equipment for the school
  • Active nutrition education games for PE classes
  • A special week-long anti-bullying program
  • Jog-a-Thon fundraising event

elementary FRESH is KitchenFable Publishing, Inc.’s magazine for parents about family health and nutrition. It is distributed exclusively in Fresh Network schools. The first two issues were distributed in print but also available digitally. For the third issue, we switched to a digital only format. This simplifies distribution, increases convenience for parents, and reduces environmental impact.

elementary FRESH features:

  • Relevant, accurate family health and nutrition info without guilt trips
  • Practical tips to make the switch to healthier food options
  • Easy, healthy whole foods recipes for busy lifestyles
  • Up-to-date, locally focused content, completely vetted by a panel of local experts on pediatric and family health, nutrition and wellness
  • Custom school content, such as principal letters, parent-teacher group info, event calendars, menus and a beautifully designed photo spread of students at the schools!

Sprinkled throughout the magazine are advertisements from a variety of businesses, big and small, that wish to give back to the community and support kids’ and families’ health. These advertisements represent our sponsors, whose generous gifts make magazine printing and production as well as grants to schools financially possible.

We vet our sponsors for the value and usefulness of their services to local parents and families before they are accepted for inclusion in the Fresh Network program — this is a win-win for everyone!

Sponsorships are tax-deductible, and they are still available for the current school year! Please email jessica@kitchenfable.com or call/text Jessica at 360-241-5470 to inquire.

KitchenFable has assembled a panel of local pediatric and family health, nutrition and fitness experts to advise us on current issues and vet all our content for accuracy, relevance and local focus. We call this panel our “Kitchen Cabinet.”

The full Kitchen Cabinet is listed in the magazine. For additional info and short bios on the members, visit the KitchenFable Kitchen Cabinet page.

We still have room for a few more experts! If you’re interested in joining, email jordana@kitchenfable.com or use our contact form.

Visit our KitchenFable FAQ for answers to more of your questions, or just contact us directly. We’d love to hear from you!

About the KitchenFable Publishing, Inc. Founders

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President & Executive Director

As a single mother of two young children, one with special needs, Jessica has a first-hand understanding of the budgetary and time constraints families often face. She is passionate about finding ways to empower families to live healthier lifestyles within the framework of these challenges.

In her role as President, she sets the direction, goals and vision for KitchenFable Publishing, and is in charge of both sales and PR. She also assists in writing many articles for the magazine and blog.

Jessica has years of experience in marketing leadership positions in two different for-profit media companies, with an educational background in leadership and strategic planning.

In addition, she recently lost 60 pounds through lifestyle changes. She is proud of that accomplishment and also proud of her first grader, who enjoys telling others about the healthy choices he likes to make. Jessica lives in Cornelius, Oregon with her two beautiful sons, Noah, age 6, and Max, age 4.

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Creative Director & Editor-in-Chief

Jordana handles content development, some writing, editing and interfacing with the Kitchen Cabinet, our panel of health and nutrition experts, to ensure quality. She also designed the magazine from top to bottom, designs ads for our sponsors, and takes care of web design, IT and pretty much anything that requires a bona fide nerd. She is passionate about whole foods and enjoys cooking as well as researching nutrition.

She has a bachelor’s in English and Arts & Letters with a minor in Professional Writing from Portland State University, and additionally studied Multimedia and Web Design at the Art Institute of Portland. Her professional background includes journalism, copywriting for the Web, and four years as Senior Web Designer for a small Internet firm.

Jordana lives with her husband Jake and her two-year-old daughter, Caia, in Forest Grove. As a mom who has struggled with weight problems her whole life, her dream is to stay healthy for her daughter, as well as ensure that little Caia will never have to face the weight and health problems that have been a defining part of Jordana’s life.

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation
PO Box 1186
Forest Grove, OR 97116

We Want Your Feedback!

Do you have a healthy success story you'd like to share, or an idea or article request? Or do you have feedback about our magazine or website? Please use our contact form or email Jordana at jordana@kitchenfable.com.

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