Our Story


In a time where everyone is getting their food delivered, we don’t want big business to be the only option.

A Network of Washington Growers

Committed to Healthy Food in Urban Spaces

Building a Sustainable Micro Economy

Meet The Team


Amber

 

Hi, I'm Amber, the other Owner of Local Yokels. I grew up the oldest child of teenage parents who were themselves fighting upstream against generational poverty. I was the first woman in my family to graduate high school and my sister and I were the first people in our family to go to college. I spent my 20’s moving around, growing things when and where I could while developing as an artist. My experiences watching the intersections of race, class, gender and sexual identity collide in the lives of my loved ones during this time were formative. In the face of so much powerlessness and injustice, I became deeply invested in studying the architecture of community resiliency and what it takes to build stability and security in the midst of struggle.

I attended The Evergreen State College from 2010-2013 and studied Art, Business and Sustainable Agriculture. I soaked up everything I could about the local food system, sustainability, and closed loop biological and economic systems. I attended conferences in my spare time on Food Security and Socially Engaged Art. While still a student, I began my first of 3 seasons experimenting with my own farming practices. I found myself constantly daydreaming about community networking and building a fully sustainable closed loop micro economy that centers others who were also born swimming upstream. I met Damon in 2016 and together we began to conceptualize what a closed loop economic system that first does no harm then does a lot of good could look like. Building Local Yokels together has been an incredible and joyful next chapter and I am so excited to see it grow into an example of what capitalism rooted ethical, community and environmental concerns can become.

 

  

Damon

I'm Damon, a Capitol Hill Seattle native, and resident. I went through the Seattle Public School system and graduated from Garfield High School in 1989. I then briefly attended the University of Washington and SCCC, before managing and playing in multiple bands in Seattle for 15 years.

I worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years before starting my own restaurant group in 2002, which opened 5 restaurants, Via Tribunali, between 2003-11.

I opened Sure Can Access Point, a licensed medical marijuana storefront in the West Seattle neighborhood of Seattle in 2011. Which I oversaw all financial operations, marketing, hiring, and buying, through the end of this company in 2015. 

I've driven for ride share companies Lyft and Uber since March 2017.

My Dad was one of the founders of 12th Ave People's Co-Op, which has become the Central Co-Op on Madison St. My Aunt and Uncle have owned and operated Bluebird Farm, an organic farm for over 35 years in Southern Oregon which I was able to spend time working at, and learning about the importance of organic farming.

Having accessible, affordable, clean and natural foods is something that's very important to me, as I know it is to more than the average Seattleite. Sustaining local farms is the only way we can assure this to our communities for generations to come.

Our idea melds these wants, needs, and desires for a vibrant cohabitant community, and puts the power back in the hands of its people. By creating a closed-loop economy we will make much more of an impact than merely bringing Carl his carrots, or Sally her string beans, we'll be providing sustainable jobs and food in the Puget Sound in case the shit really goes down.

No Farms=No Food.