We are a 501(c)3 non-profit supporting local food and farms through educational programs and a year round indoor farmers market.
NICOLLE (NIKI) TIMM
President and Founder
Niki is the founder of Central Oregon Locavore and a Bend native who grew up eating fresh seasonal produce from her mother’s garden, fresh raw milk from the local co-op, and various local foods of all kinds.
After earning a bachelor’s of science in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University in Ashland, Nicolle moved to Denver where she worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a large, high-profile hospital. It didn’t take long for her to become disillusioned with city life and she soon found herself working part-time on a raw milk dairy near Boulder and becoming reacquainted with the local food scene.
Since Nicolle’s return to Bend she has made many good friends among the farmers and local-food advocates of Central Oregon. Seeing a need to support the local economy and the local food movement, Nicolle assisted in forming a small food co-op, which over time has evolved into the current nonprofit, Central Oregon Locavore.
Nicolle is a firm believer that we have to be the change we want to see in the world and is actively trying to take steps to create a more balanced, loving, sustainable and earth-friendly society.
In addition to founding Central Oregon Locavore, Nicolle currently works at St Charles Medical Center in Bend and Redmond as a labor and delivery nurse. Nicolle recently became a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) and is now part of the lactation team at SCMC, which is headed by her mother!
Nicolle’s dream is to see the local food movement explode onto the scene and reconnect us with our food, with our neighbors and with the Earth.
Karen Swirsky is a long-time Bend resident who got interested in the local food movement when she realized the environmental costs of transporting food. It was enough to convert her from being a vegetarian to an enthusiastic carnivore! She is a land use planner who has served on many boards during her time in Bend. Karen is an avid outdoorsperson who loves to hike, paddle, and cross-country ski with her husband Nils. She may be the only person in Bend who doesn’t own a dog.
Treasurer, Financial Committee Lead
Jeffrey is Member Manager/Owner of DD Ranch, LLC. He oversees the operations, finance and marketing efforts of the ranch. DD Ranch specializes in providing grass fed beef, lamb and heritage breed pork through its CSA, retail and wholesale channels. In addition to its ranching operations, the ranch is host to a month long Pumpkin Patch in October, wedding venue, farm to table dinners, and field trips for local schools.
Jeff also is Member Manager/Owner of DDR Consulting LLC, as a telecommunications consultant with experience that extends to all aspects of a telecommunication project; financial modeling, strategic planning, raising capital and garnering support from regulatory bodies, tribal government, local business community and tribal members.
Previous to DDR Consulting Jeff served a dual role as the CEO of Warm Springs Economic Development Corporation and Warm Springs Telecommunications Company.
Founding board member, Small Farmer Support Program member
Jim is the head farmer at Fields Farm, a sustainable farm using organic methods, which has been growing produce for the local market since 1989. The farm operates a CSA and Farm Bucks program, and also sells at the Bend Farmers Market, local grocery stores and several restaurants.
Jim and his wife, Debbie, grow a wide range of vegetables including arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, brussel sprouts, specialty broccolis and cauliflowers, cabbage, carrots, collards, corn, cucumbers, garlic, greens, lettuce and lettuce mix, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, peppers, potatoes, onions, scallions, summer squash and tomatoes. They have 10 varieties of potatoes, garlic, kale and lettuce mix in larger quantities for store and institutional sales.
BA Economics and Literature, UC San Diego.
35 years of experience as an executive and business owner in the publishing and Long-term Care insurance fields. Currently taking a sabbatical. 25 year resident of Bend.
Daughter Katherine, OSU grad and engineer at Pebble in the Bay Area.
Jim is your genuinely friendly and highly experienced chief financial strategist and owner of ProCFO. He has been a CPA for eighteen years and counting. After finishing his MBA at the University of Washington, he began his career in Boise, Idaho working at Deloitte & Touche, Idaho Power Company, and IDACORP Energy. When IDACORP exited the energy trading industry, Jim decided it was time to become his own boss. Jim is a devoted family man who is kept on his toes with his children’s school and sports activities. He also loves skiing and a bit of globe-trotting (when it’s not tax season, of course).
Financial Committee Member
Gregg Swanson is the Chief Lending Officer at Evergreen Business Capital, a non-for-profit that helps Northwest small businesses access capital. Gregg comes from a family of farmers going back to his Great Grandfather who established a farm outside of Halsey, Oregon. This farming tradition continued down the generations even after his family stopped farming. Gregg grew up in a household that focused on growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables on their suburban Portland land. They also raised chickens, turkeys, rabbits and pheasants for eggs and meat.
Gregg can typically be found in the woods of Central Oregon either Running, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding or Skiing.
Abby Kellner Rode
Abby Kellner-Rode has been involved in local nonprofits, including the Bend Food Project, since she and her husband, Andre, moved to Bend in 2010, to join their physician son, Matt Rode and his family, farmer son David, and daughter, Maija, an artist & graphic designer. Abby, Andre and David, are beginning a family farm in Alfalfa area east of Bend. Their long term plan is to raise vegetables and animals using organic, sustainable practices. For 32 years, the Kellner-Rodes lived in Alaska, where Abby taught Kindergarten, and was a children’s librarian in the school and public libraries. Formerly an East Coast native, Abby graduated from Colorado College in 1975, with a B.A. and received a teaching degree from University of Alaska, in 1981.She is passionate about the importance of supporting locally grown food, food security, nutrition, community involvement, forging connections and collaborations with other people and organizations. As a former elementary school teacher, she sees the link between fresh food, nutrition and learning. COL provides an important service here and her involvement will continue to support its crucial mission, including outreach to promote the organization.
Guest of the Board: Legal
Chris has been serving Central Oregon as a lawyer since 1996. His practice focuses primarily on business and real estate issues, and he is counsel for several Oregon nonprofits. Chris has helped many Central Oregon nonprofit organizations handle everything from formation and tax issues to the day to day issues that all organizations face. Chris has a strong interest in rural poverty issues and an interest in supporting local farmers. Chris’ services were volunteered to Locavore by his wife Audrey. When Chris isn’t working as a lawyer or working on various project assigned to him by Audrey he spends his time climbing western peaks and cycling.