Meet the People
There are many dedicated and key people who make Bay Baby Produce run throughout the year, more than we could possibly fit on one page. Here are just a few of the team members that help out on the farm and the roles they play. Feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to chat with you!
Michele Youngquist, Owner
Michele is the force and visionary behind Bay Baby Produce. She’s constantly on the move and coordinating a million moving pieces at once. She’s so much on the go reinventing the pumpkin and making things happen in the farming world that we couldn’t get her to sit down long enough to write her own bio!
Tyann Schlimmer, Sales & Logistics
My adventure with agriculture started on the family farm, picking berries and cucumbers. I started as a picker and eventually moved on to leadership roles as well as working in both accounting and sales. After receiving my BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology, I worked with Tree Top, Inc. Following this, I went on to get an MBA and a took a few years break from ag. I rejoined the field in 2013 when I became part of the BBP family. Here I work on our Sales Team as well as coordinating logistics. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my wonderful family and friends.
Dane LaMay, Operations Manager
I was born and raised in Skagit County, where I continue to reside with my wife and two children. I have never been one to venture far from the area as I’ve come to love the endless options of fun outdoor and social activities that make our little piece of NW Washington so unique. My family and I do our utmost to take advantage of everything our region has to offer, including ski trips and summer boating adventures in the San Juan Islands. My Ag background started when I joined a small berry farm and custom farming company, where I worked closely with BBP’s planting operations. I officially joined the team in 2018 where, much like my co-workers, I contribute in many areas including field management, traceability and production management, organic management and certification as well as safety.
Amber Deyo, Financial Controller
I joined BBP in 2015 and have performed a multitude of tasks throughout my time here. Currently, I am dedicated to being our full time Bookkeeper and Accounts Manager. I received my bachelor’s at WSU and prior to working here on the farm I spent my time traveling the west to work on various wildlife research projects. I’ve found my home here at Skagit County and it felt natural that I came to this position to continue my passion in natural resources and the outdoors.
Katie Rayfield, Human Resources & Safety
After receiving my BS from the University of Montana I spent six years working in fisheries research in the northwest and in 2019 I joined the Bay Baby team and transitioned into Ag. Here I use my biology background to assist the farm in maintaining their high standards of food safety. Like any good farm employee, I am also cross trained and take care of our Human Resource needs. When not on the farm, you’re likely to find me out on the water or running the trails somewhere.
Kevin Faber, Maintenance Manager
I joined the Bay Baby team late 2020 after serving 14 years in the US Navy. I was born and raised in New Jersey, but when my Navy travels landed me in Skagit County it felt like home. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to be working within this great community and being part of agriculture in Skagit County. As the Maintenance Manager here at Bay Baby Produce, I ensure all the equipment is ready to go when it is needed, and it all stays running! When not on farm, I enjoy exploring this beautiful area with my family.
Nate Youngquist, Farm Manager
I am a fifth generation farmer in the Skagit Valley where I reside with my wife and daughter. I began my farming career at a young age helping my parents on the farm—mowing fields, selling berries, driving tractors and anything else that came up.
In 2006, after studying soil science and business, I started a berry farm of my own and eventually expanded to attend 30 farmers markets a week with significant wholesale accounts encompassing organic and conventional berries as well as corn and other produce items. While expanding my business I was also growing pumpkins and squash for Bay Baby Produce since 2008. Each year my acreage with Bay Baby expanded along with my farming knowledge of cucurbits until it made sense to fully join the team in 2018.
When I’m not farming I enjoy fishing, spending time with friends and family and getting lost in the woods—preferably in the Methow area.