We are a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting local food and farms through educational programs and a year round indoor farmers market.
Central Oregon Locavore promotes local food and farmers for the health of our community. We work for an ecologically stable and socially just food system in Central Oregon by improving access to fresh, nutrient-dense local food, educating the community about the benefits of sustainably produced food and supporting farmers and ranchers.
Central Oregon Locavore (COL) was founded in April, 2009 to educate the Central Oregon community about the health and social benefits of fresh and nutritious food that is sustainably produced by local farmers and ranchers.
In carrying out this mission,COL improves access to fresh, in-season, nutrient-dense local food to all members of the community. There are many outreach programs run by COL to target youth, low-income families, and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.
COL’s education, outreach, and gatherings serve to support sustainable food systems within Central Oregon while simultaneously contributing to the local economy, public health, an educated public, and a brighter future for the local citizens.
COL was founded by Nicolle Timm, a Bend native who grew up eating fresh seasonal produce from her mother’s garden, grass-fed meat from neighboring ranchers and various local foods of all kinds. She went on to earn a nursing degree and moved to Denver, Colorado, where she first worked as a labor and delivery nurse.
CENTRAL OREGON LOCAVORE’S FIRST LOGO