Emily Patterson

How long have you been cooperating?
I’ve been at the Medford Food Co-op for a little over a year now.

What do you do at the co-op?
I am the Bulk Department Lead, aka: grain, spice and herb extraordinaire!

What brought you to the co-op?
I was searching for some new employment, and I always do my best to make sure I find an environment that coincides with my ideals. I found that right here at the Co-op!

What do you like best about your job?
My favorite part of working here is all the positive interactions with customers and co-workers. Customers help me better the department every day and the coworkers here are so supportive in every aspect of the store!

Tell us your co-op favorites:
I’m a huge fan of the mango slices that we get in bulk from Hummingbird, but I also love the Cara Cara navel oranges that are in season right now!

How has working at the co-op affected your life?
Working at the Co-op has shown me the imporance of finding your "tribe.” All of my co-workers here are unbelievably kind and hardworking. It’s pretty contagious!

Tell us something we don’t know! (Tell us something about yourself others might not know):
Not sure if it’s completely evident, but I am a total nerd! I read a lot, know a bunch of random movie trivia, and I game a little, too.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Family is super important to me, so more often than not I am with my sisters or nephews on the weekend just enjoying life!

Where did you grow up/where have you lived in your life?
I’m a true Oregonian. I’ve spent a few years up in Portland and the Dalles, but for most of my life I’ve been in the Rogue Valley.