The Hollywood Farmers Market has a 15-member volunteer board with a 3 year commitment. The board meets the third Wednesday of each month throughout the year. In addition to attending monthly meetings, board members participate in committees focused on marketing, long-term planning, staff, market site logistics and finances. You are welcome to attend a meeting to see for yourself how this part of your market functions. Please visit our volunteers page for details on how to become more involved.
Current Market Staff
Pritha was born and raised in Portland and moved to Eugene, Oregon in high school. This is when she first fell in love with the world of local food and began traveling across the state working farmers markets. For the last 15 years, her work and passion have centered around the joy of growing, distributing, and sharing nutritious food in local communities. Having worked on production farms, with schools and food-justice non-profits, she is passionate about supporting a thriving market for growers and the local community.
Ari Rosner (Market Coordinator)
Ari moved to Portland in 2008, and immediately looked for a farmers market near his Northeast neighborhood. He found Hollywood Farmers Market, and began volunteering weekly in the information booth. A couple years later, a staff position opened up and he came on board as the Community Volunteer Coordinator (later Market Coordinator). Over the years, the farmers market community has taken on a central place in his life, and every week he looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people. Outside of the market, he works as a contract bookkeeper for small non-profits, and enjoys most of the usual Portland hobbies: cycling, hiking, cooking, and gardening.
Current Board Members
Sarah Liljefelt (Vice Chair)
Sarah is a water rights attorney and partner at Schroeder Law Offices, located in the Hollywood neighborhood of Portland. She spends her time professionally representing farmers, ranchers, special districts, utilities, municipalities, and other water users in the western United States. She enjoys cooking, baking, and paddling competitively on outrigger canoes and dragon boats, rain or shine. Sarah joined the Hollywood Farmers Market Board in 2020, she is a market shopper, and she is looking forward to supporting the Market through its Development and Staff committees.
Gus co-owns Naked Acres Farm, located in Beavercreek, with her wife Margo. Gus grew up in a ranching environment in Central Oregon, went away to the NAVY and school, then was drawn back to farming and her love of the Pacific Northwest. She studied soils in college and has worked in veterinary medicine for 20 years. Land stewardship and animal welfare are paramount to their farming operation in addition to community building and educating people on knowing where their food comes from. Gus comes to the board as a vendor which you can find at the Hollywood and Hillsdale Farmers Markets.
Dennis Martin (Chair)
Dennis is a Georgia Peach replanted in the Pacific Northwest, and has been shopping and vending (at Deep Roots Farm!) at the Hollywood Farmers Market since 2015. It’s one of his favorite things about this city. He has a background in plant care with a little farming thrown in, and a burning passion for food and its ability to bring folks together. Since fresh food makes the best food, it is IMPERATIVE that we empower our local food producers and their customers. When we come together we make a more resilient community and enrich each others’ lives. He looks forward to a productive and fun year of market shenanigans. See y’all at the market!
Claire McInerney (Secretary)
Claire joined the board in 2018 after enjoying her volunteer shifts at the market. She comes from a long line of cooks and foodies who have fresh vegetables and fruits as mainstays on the family table. Claire is an enthusiastic supporter of organic and family-owned farms, having been an active member of food coops in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey. She’s an educator and researcher who has studied information issues around food, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. She enjoys whipping up new recipes using ingredients from the markets, and she creates Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements with the beautiful flowers available at HFM. Claire is thrilled to be working with the smart, fun, and hard working board members and staff of the Hollywood Farmers Market and is currently helping to support their work through the Development and Marketing committees.
Aaron Nichols (Treasurer)
Aaron co-owns Stoneboat Farm with his brother Jesse, and has sold at HFM since 2013. He is a farmer and a chef, coming to farming from the culinary side and wanting to produce the best quality veggies to make exceptional food. He has degrees in anthropology and religion from Oberlin. He first learned horse farming skills in upstate New York volunteering on The Good Life Farm and Northland Sheep Dairy among others.
Linda is a native Portlander. Her work career was with the Communications Workers of America, and now she is a frequent community volunteer. She serves on the board (and is a past President) of the Northeast Community Center, is a reader in the Smart program, and was formerly a CASA volunteer and delivered Meals on Wheels. At the farmers market she is a shopper, but would love to be a volunteer whenever needed.
Mary Lou Soscia
Mary Lou has had over forty years of experience with state, federal, and tribal government in watershed management. She has worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 30 years leading water quality work efforts in the Columbia River Basin. Mary Lou has been a long time advocate and customer of the Hollywood Farmers Market for 20 years as an ardent supporter of local farms and local food. Mary Lou and her family live in Northeast Portland.
Ramona has been a vendor at HFM for 16 years with Nourishment (the breakfast burrito booth), and has also been a vendor at other farmers markets, including Portland Farmers Market, Hillsdale, Peoples’ Coop and Milwaukie FMs. She has worked as a chef, chef instructor, and small business owner in Portland for 25 years, and is member of local food based organizations including Friends of Family Farmers and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. Her business seeks to feed the “common human” with comforting foods that use as much locally obtained product as possible. She owns the cafe at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and really digs feeding creative types.
Interested in joining the Hollywood Farmers Market Board of Directors?
Fill out the application here: Board Application
For more information about the Board, please contact the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.