General Store Coordinator for Fruit Tree Program and Secret Weapon.
Ray Jess in our Secret Weapon and “Gotcha Covered” guy for many of our local events. His experience and knowledge of both gardening and teaching made him the perfect person to Coordinate the creation of our local General Store in the Fruit Tree Program. And honestly, we sign him up for tasks before he even knows they are a task because we know he will get things done.
After retiring from two careers, the Air Force and teaching, Ray pursued his love of food by graduating from the Phoenix Art Institute with a certificate in Culinary Arts. The highlight of his culinary experience was working as a chef for the 2007 Super Bowl at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Natural extensions for this self-proclaimed foodie were the completion of his Master Gardener training and his Certificate in Permaculture Design.