Nova Wetherwax

Produce Quality & Culture

Work History
Jul 2014 - Present

Produce Quality Assurance Specialist

Good Eggs  Inc.  Los Angeles, CA

Manage quality  of all fresh produce, ensuring optimal storage, purchasing, inventory control, communicating and working closely with operations and sales teams, precise and nuanced sorting, and handling.  Work with in-house data applications for inventory, purchasing and order fulfillment. Developed and implemented company-wide produce quality assurance procedures and systems. Regular lifting up to 50 lbs.

Dec 2007 - Jun 2010

Produce Department Manager

Santa Rosa Community Market           Santa Rosa, CA   

Managed 5 member Produce Team, wholesale and direct farm purchasing, merchandizing, inventory and quality control, seasonal display resets, general produce retail financials and POS management, gracious customer service.

Nov 2002 - Dec 2007

Day Warehouse Manager

Veritable Vegetable   San Francisco, CA

Managed Day Shift Crew of up to 7 members in Organic Produce warehouse, Customer and Producer relations , inventory and quality tracking, order picking, building and breaking down pallets, general warehousing, LPG, Electric and Swing-mast forklift.


Aug 2012 - May 2014

MA Food Studies: Food Systems

New York University

Focus on Local Food Shed Development, Impacts of Fair Trade, International Food Economy and Globalization, Organics, Urban Food Systems.  

Aug 1998 - Jun 2002

BA Anthropology

Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz

Focus on semiotics and critical theory, art history, and archaeology of food.

Thirteen years experience in wholesale and retail organic produce handling, Forklift Operator, POS and Wholesale inventory systems, sales and purchasing software, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Light Bookkeeping. Extensive knowledge of, and passion for the California food industry and regional food-sheds.