Our Contributors

AmieeWhiteBeazleyAmiee White Beazley is the editor of edibleASPEN. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the country and abroad. When she’s not behind a computer writing or editing a story, she is having fun with her husband, Brian, and two boys, Tanner and Brady.
DavidFreymugDavid Frey is a freelance writer in Glenwood Springs. His work has appeared in various publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.

mary_hayesHaving been associated with The Aspen Times for over 50 years as a reporter-photographer, editor and columnist, Mary Eshbaugh Hayes recalls many adventures through the years, resulting in two books, The Story of Aspen (a history) and Aspen Potpourri (a cookbook). But the most adventurous of all were those she had raising her five children in Aspen.


Brook LeVan, driven in life predominately by flavor, is the co-founder and director of Sustainable Settings, a nonprofit, land-based demonstration and research institute—a whole
systems learning center—near Carbondale. Sustainable Settings is a place and program devoted to building positive futures by teaching people where their health starts: in the soil.

stewart1As arts editor for The Aspen Times, Stewart Oksenhorn has covered movie stars and rock stars, local musicians and school musicals. He has performed as a musician, exhibited his photography and snowboarded like a madman on Aspen’s mountains. He’d happily trade it all for the perfect burger (made from local, grassfed cattle), fries (organic, hand-cut) and a glass of Woody Creek Cellars’ cab franc.
CaroleTopalianCarole Topalian, co-founder and vice president of Edible Communities, Inc., travels the world with a gifted and finely tuned photographer’s eye. Carole’s photographs bring the Edible Communities mission to life, telling visual narratives about what local food networks look like today.
chelsey_virginiaChelsea VanVleet and Virginia Frischkorn are principals at Bluebird Productions, a full service event concierge company. Bluebird’s services include event and wedding coordination, event marketing/public relations, social media management, gift bag creation and vendor and venue promotion. Bluebird Productions strives to be a sustainable and ecofriendly company. From their day-to-day operations to each aspect of their largest events, they make every effort to practice environmentally friendly approaches to business.
EdenVardyWith a name that represents the garden of gardens, Eden Vardy was set up to be a Permaculturist from day one! He is the director and co-creator of Aspen T.R.E.E. (Together Regenerating the Environment through Education), an Aspen-based nonprofit that makes sustainable living fun! Eden has designed ecological systems in the United States, Mexico, Thailand, Uganda and Israel, where he was born.

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