Meet Our Board: Kim SteeleBlair

Kim SteeleBlair serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders as Van Buren County’s Representative at Large. She has been a member of the board for over 5 years. Kim joined when the vacancy opened because she is “passionate about local food and wanted to help facilitate the growth of the emerging eat fresh and local movement.”

Kim’s farming experience helped established Pathfinders’ 2013 USDA Food and Nutrition Service Farm to School Project. Currently, Kim actively supports Pathfinders’ mission by volunteering for the Historic Hills Scenic Byway program that our staff manage.

Kim lives and farms in rural Keosauqua and is extremely active in her community. She volunteers on not one, but two Wellness Committees (through the Van Buren County Hospital and school). She is also a member of the Van Buren County Trails board, the Van Buren Arts Council and Friends of Lacey.

Kim and her husband Tim manage a 140 acre farm, Bloom & Bark, which is featured regularly in the annual J40 Farm Crawl, which they help organize.  Bloom & Bark is much more than a farm–while it includes 15 acres of hay and 4 acres of fruit, berries and vegetables all grown using organic, sustainable methods, it also includes a glass-blowing studio, clay ovens for baking artisan bread and soon a Hobbit House! Visit their website, https://bloomandbark.com/ to learn more about the J-40 Farm Crawl (a summer event for the whole family!), and the delicious fresh produce Kim has for sale online.