Mark joined the Board in 2013 as our Board Treasurer. He was born in Huston Texas, and has lived in Portland since 2006. Mark shops the market each Sunday, and has a particular love of Oregon’s perfect summer-ripened tomatoes. He works as a data & budget analyst for the Multnomah County Health Department. In addition to his work on the farmers market board, Mark is also a board member of Southeast Works – a non-profit in Southeast Portland that improves the local community’s access to good-paying jobs. Mark has been actively involved in Portland Rugby for many years, and is currently refereeing for local games.
Upon graduating, Erika moved to rural southern Oregon and participated in Rogue Farm Corps, a beginning farmer and rancher training program. She learned a lot about farm business, seed saving, and rural life while working and living at Dancing Bear Farm. In late 2013 Erika returned to Portland and spent a season working in the fields with Mercy Corps Northwest’s refugee gardening program and as a crew member with the Portland Farmers Market.
At the end of 2014, Erika began a Nonprofit Management graduate program at the University of Oregon. She is learning valuable skills which she uses as a board member with MFM and which she hopes to use at food justice nonprofit organizations in the future.
It’s finally almost time for the market to begin! Join us at the market site on Sunday, May 4, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to pull some weeds, meet some of the 2014 MFM board members, and find out about volunteer opportunities in the upcoming season. We will also be raking gravel. Please bring your work gloves, water, pruners, weeding tools, rakes and compost bags to carry away anything that we pull (as our compost services don’t start until June). See you there!
Audrey Marshall, a stalwart regular volunteer passed away the morning of April 19th.
One of the original founding volunteers, Audrey was a fixture every week at market. She could always be seen doing her hourly shopper counts, breaking down tents, visiting with vendors, sampling beer (her favorite) and shopping. Audrey came to the market in 2007 while recovering from open heart surgery. She volunteered with the market nearly every week over the past 7 years. As Market Manager, it has been a joy to share space with Audrey, watching the market community and its offerings contribute to her wellness and longevity. In late November 2013 Audrey was diagnosed with a brain tumor and waged a great battle which ended this past week. Audrey’s unforgettable spirit will be in our hearts this season.
Volunteers fuel MFM on every level. If you enjoy connecting with our local food producers and your community, we have a place for you! There are many opportunities to volunteer with the market. Sign up today and you’ll get an invite to our volunteer orientation in May.