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Craig and Rachel Olienyk hiking the Red Rocks in Sedona, AZ.

Meet the Natural State Family

Craig and Rachel Olienyk are both licensed clinical mental health counselors in the state of Arkansas and teach graduate courses online for a wonderful university in Arkansas, among other exciting ventures.

Craig Olienyk, M.S., LAC loves to create with his hands and has a lifelong dream of carrying on the traditions of his forebears—agriculture and food production. Natural State Freeze Dried is a coming home to his roots. Craig functions as Chief Operations Officer (COO) and loves the day-to-day details of operations, R&D, and food production and processing. Quality of process and purity of outcomes are his passion.

Rachel Olienyk, M.S. LPC, RPT is our Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and is an astute big-picture person. In between directing a local mental health clinic, teaching online, supervising new clinicians in the field, and working toward her PhD, Rachel plays a major role in long term planning and providing leadership and vision to keep Natural State Freeze Dried moving forward.

Natural State Freeze Dried exists to provide the highest quality freeze-dried foods to our customers in Northwest Arkansas and beyond. From backpackers, campers, cyclists, overland adventurers, RVers, road-schoolers, to people who are on the go in their careers—we believe everyone should have access to high quality, convenient, shelf-stable meals, treats, and ingredients.

Long Live Good Food!

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We'd love to answer any questions you have about our processes, getting our products into your store or boutique, or to hear your ideas for new freeze-dried products. Give us a shout!

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The Olienyks come from multiple generations of farmers, food producers, determined settlers, and entrepreneurs. It's in our blood.

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We love our earth. Our freeze-dried products reflect a novel way to celebrate our connection to earth and culinary abundance.

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Good Food

Natural State Freeze Dried provides you and your family with high nutrition freeze-dried food options for a variety of uses and situations.

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