Meet Jill Kuhn
What is your role at that Store?
I am the Wellness Buyer: I source and place the orders for the health & beauty and wellness items, coordinate with representatives from different brands, assist customers, and learn a lot!
How long have you worked here?
I’ve worked at Hawthorne since 2016. I’ve been the Wellness Buyer since 2017.
What is your top product recommendation in the Store and why?
Ooh, that’s a tough one…my favorite products change day to day. Today I love the Gluten Free Morning Glory Muffins from Pieconic and any of the Happy Belly treats. In my department, I’m a fan of Host Defense Mushroom products, Gaia Oregano oil and Rhodiola root, and Pure Synergy Barley grass juice powder. I love the Trilogy Ultra Hydrating Cream for dry skin and hands right now.
When you’re not at the Farm Store, what do you do?
I’m a mom to a busy almost 3 year old. Right now, we do a lot of gardening together and outside play. I read a lot and sew in my free-time. Learning about health in different modalities is a lifelong journey, so I try to take online classes in herbalism, plant identification, etc., as often as I can.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?
Mmm…a sweet potato! Earthy, delicious, sweet and good for you, versatile, unassuming, perhaps a little quirky? My coworkers say I should be something tropical…perhaps Cherimoya.
What do you think the most important issue of our times is? Do you have a solution to propose?
We have a lot of hot issues right now. I think the one that bothers me the most—and that is super important to the current events—is our healthcare system. Big pharma, insurance companies, and for-profit healthcare are huge problems. I think these run counter to the Hippocratic Oath that healthcare professionals take. Often, I see medical decisions being made, not in the best interest of the patient, but because it’s ‘the most affordable,’ or makes the hospital/provider a better payout from insurance companies. This is a complicated issue, and I don’t have an answer to it other than to say that our health care should not be influenced by anyone making huge profits off of us. I would start by looking to other countries with healthcare systems not based on a for-profit model, make a priority to support preventative medicine and alternative therapies, and get big-pharma and insurance companies out of politics.