Tyler Gaumond was born and raised in Sequim, and he graduated from Sequim High School. “I love working outdoors,” says Tyler, “and right after high school I was able to work for two seasons at the Lake Crescent Lodge. Short of working at Nash’s, it’s the most beautiful place to work in the world!”
Tyler followed his time at Lake Crescent with a year in the big city of Portland. It was quite the contrast, but his time there opened his eyes to eating healthy. “Sequim is a small town,” he remarks. “I was really glad to be in a place where I was exposed to so many new ideas. People are really health-conscious in Portland and I began to realize that how I eat affects how I feel.”
Tyler had his own landscaping business in Sequim for awhile, but found it frustrating that his clients weren’t using their land, some of which had great soil, to grow fresh food. One day he found a help-wanted ad in the newspaper from Nash’s, and applied for the job.
“I started last July at the farmers markets only once a week,” he remembers, “but it wasn’t long before I was on the irrigation crew.”
Outside of his job, Tyler likes to forage in the woods for chanterelle mushrooms and materials to make custom birdhouses that he sells at craft shows. He loves hiking and exploring the Olympic Peninsula, especially the West End. “There’s nothing like finding a spot that no one has walked on for decades. It’s beautiful!”