You may recognize Kim from Navidi's Olive Oil store, which she managed for 8 years. Kim and her family are long time Bend residents, and Kim has a strong management and culinary background. Her hubs and brother are both head chefs, and she has worked in over 30 restaurants. She became a Chef de Cuisine at Mamma Mia and Mothers in Portland and accompanied Chef Lisa Schroeder to the James Beard House in New York.
Assistant Marketplace Manager
I’ve spent my life working in professional kitchens and in that time I’ve learned international and domestic cuisines and traditional cooking techniques. I think anyone who is exposed to diverse flavors will easily develop a passion for food and cooking. However, another feeling developed inside me as I worked in these kitchens; a profound sense of alarm at the careless waste of the food industry and the absence of mindfulness to the impact on our environment and community.
Community is important. Health is important. Respect for our planet is critical. I believe that food is not only culture, but valuable medicine. I care deeply about how this belief can affect our community. In order for me to be a responsible part of society, my labor must correspond with my belief system. Simply put, Locavore provides sustainability, promotes educated and conscious consumption, as well as perpetuating respect for our ecosystems, locally and globally. In addition, Locavore puts it’s best foot forward to enable our region’s farms to strengthen our local economy. Besides all that, who doesn’t like quality food? For me, choosing to become a part of Locavore was not only clear, it felt like a blessing.
Gwen comes to us with many years of experience growing food not only in her own garden, but designing edible landscaping and teaching others how to grow their own food in challenging spaces.
With many years spent in restaurant kitchens, Gwen is always happy to help suggest cooking techniques and recipes
In her spare time, you’ll find her foraging in the forest or creating in the kitchen.
Sarah has been a volunteer at Locavore for over 5 years. Sarah is the very model of kindness, compassion, and deeply cares about everyone as a person. A former RN at St Charles and an avid local foodie, Sarah is the woman for this job! She says "My values are pretty much perfectly aligned with those of Locavore's. I am excited about contributing! I have worked with people for many years, met challenges, enjoyed being on a team, have studies and practiced tons of communication skills. I personally love to cook and use local, organic products!"
While she loves to get her hands dirty helping out at local farms, she keeps our marketplace neat and clean!
Combining her deep love for nature and ecology with her belief in just and sustainable food systems, Lexie’s dream is to help foster thrive-able places for humans, wildlife, plants, and fungi alike. She looks forward to working hard alongside our community for our shared health and well-being.
Isabelle was born and raised in Bend; she loves to summer sled on Mt. Bachelor in the summers, snuggle with many pets, and hunt for chanterelle mushrooms. Her favorite plants are mountain mint and elderberry bushes. She received a BA in Environmental Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, where she wrote about wild foods, landscaping, and outdoor recreation.
Melanie feels most comfortable and happy working in local and organic co-op style grocery stores like Locavore (this is her third!). With a diverse work background that runs the gamut from farming to copywriting, she is excited to help elevate the local food scene of Central Oregon and center the importance of food access to the health of the community. Also: she plays guitar, her favorite tea is licorice root, and her favorite way to eat tomatoes is on good sourdough toast with mayo, curry powder, and flaky salt.
Jenna comes to Central Oregon Locavore with a background in Integrative Nutrition and a passion for all things holistic wellness. She enjoys inspiring her community to make lifestyle changes and nutrition choices that lead to the overall vitality and health of our home and planet.
Jenna loves foraging, growing medicinal herbs and mushrooms, and raising chickens. You can often find her in the nearest body of water or cozying up at home with a bowl of her favorite homemade Khao Soi.