James Gray is at the helm as Central Oregon Locavore’s Marketplace Manager. With over a decade of experience in Natural Foods and a passion for supporting good people and eating good produce, James is a dream come true. He loves to share recipe ideas and get creative with every day meals. This guy is also a total geek for Central Oregon plant ecology. If you bring up any type of wildflower in the area he will talk your ear off about it! Come into the market and meet James and the rest of our knowledgeable Locavore staff!
Assistant Marketplace Manager
Hailing from Cannon Beach, OR, Patty grew up with a passion for local food. Her family and neighbors had their own gardens, and often bought meats from the local butcher. This passion translated straight to adulthood, where Patty has continued to work with sustainable local food movements, not only here in Oregon, but as well as Hawaii, where she completed college and ran a local, organic pizza restaurant for 4 years.
Patty is also a yoga teacher, and feels that the connection with food is essential to how we connect to our bodies and minds. Patty loves to share her knowledge of cooking, yoga and love for local, seasonal food!
Originally from the countryside of Central Illinois, Katie grew up eating from the one acre organic garden where her mother raised the family’s vegetables. After attending college in Ohio, including a semester abroad in the UK, she moved to Bend to join her mother who was already living here and teaching at the college. Katie has now been in Bend for 14 years and enjoys gardening, cycling, good conversation, and sharing time with the love of her life.
Dylan comes to Locavore with a true passion for sustainable food systems. He’s an active proponent of permaculture, and believes in urban gardening as a way to restore the land and build community. Dylan has traveled and worked on farms around the world. Here in Central Oregon, he gardens, grows fungi, and forages. If you spot a fruit tree growing in Bend, it might be one of the many that Dylan has planted!
Social Media Director
I believe in cultivating a relationship with each of my clients so I can truly be your visual voice – your storyteller. …let’s talk over coffee.
I grew up in Bend, spending most of my time riding horses, climbing trees, or with my nose buried in a book (or several). I’ve always loved our community & learned early on from my dad, Dave Jasper, that you should always be involved & always work to lift up others around you. After I graduated high school, I worked as a equestrian coach for a time before taking up activism & working for the Oregon Student Association during the 2012 election cycle. I’ve always had a passion for activism & grassroots movements which is why I’m so excited to be joining the Locavore team. I lived in Europe after the election for several months travelling & working in different countries before I returned to Bend & studied massage therapy at COCC. I’ve worked as a massage therapist & yoga teacher, working primarily with kiddos, for the past two years at various businesses in town, but I have been called to return to my passion of digging deep & making a bigger difference in our community. Besides on my yoga mat you can find me skiing at Bachelor, frolicking & hiking out in the forest, pruning one of my many houseplants, cruising around town on my bike, writing poetry, dancing with Bend Burlesque Co., dragging it up with the queens & kings from The Cult of Tuck, & now behind the counter at Locavore.
MARY ANN COOK
She who keeps us on track.
(Volunteer) Volunteer Coordinator
“The Mothership”. The mother of all mothers. Some could say that Locavore is all her fault, as she is the one who raised the founder and daughter, Niki Timm-Branch, in a home abundant with local food, meat and dairy. And taught Niki to make things happen. Becky is also the fearless mother-hen (volunteer) Volunteer Coordinator who bravely commands our fleet of fabulous volunteers to help steer us to greatness. You need some mothering? Volunteer with us!
Lily is thrilled to be part of the local food movement, and even more grateful to be part of the Locavore community. She believes that eating local is not only a great way to drastically lower our carbon footprint and support the environment, but also a special way of connecting with our community that is missing in today’s society. Lily has always been an advocate for sustainable communities through local food, from working with a small self-supporting Ecuadorian community in the Andes mountains to grow and produce all organic produce in their garden, cheese from their free-range cows, and jams from their local fruit and berries, to living in a Bahamian island community fully run off their local farm, a wind turbine, rain cisterns, and solar energy, to passionately marching in the People’s Climate March against industrial agriculture. Apart from her locavorian strides, she is a singer-songwriter, yogi, outdoor enthusiast, and student working towards a major in community involvement and a minor in sustainability just wanting to leave this planet better than how she found it.
Assistant Marketplace Manager