Rachel Anderson has been active in the community for 5 years and serves as a Sequim City Councilmember. Organizations she has participated in include the Head Start Policy Council, OlyCAP Board of Directors, and the Sequim Education Foundation Board of Directors. Her community service has led to her strong desire to advocate for the importance of inclusion and community. Rachel is a strong supporter of SFAM's food access programs and is passionate about food equity. Rachel is married with three children and loves to spend her free time in the beautiful nature of the Olympic Peninsula. She is dedicated to building partnerships and working with the board to help the growth and spirit of the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market.
Eric Pickens is an elementary teacher with the Port Angeles School District and also serves on the Sequim School Board. Eric has lived in Sequim for the past seven years with his wife and two daughters. He is passionate about the success of his community and is always looking for opportunities to advocate for its continued growth. Eric is thrilled to be a part of the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market because he believes that showing support to local growers and artisans is a fundamental aspect of maintaining a strong local economy.
Elli Rose grows organic produce with her family at Joy Farm in Sequim. Having just completed her third season of vending at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, she loves farmers markets as a viable marketplace where small business owners can be in direct relationship with their customers and has long enjoyed farmers markets as both a customer and a vendor. Elli is the chairperson for SFAM's Strategic Planning and Board Development Committee, is passionate about providing equitable access to locally grown foods, and believes that the market provides opportunities for building community.
Sam Konovalov is a medicinal plant & vegetable farmer in Sequim. Growing up in Sequim public schools, Sam learned the economic importance of community-based farming. After 12 years growing his small business into three local farms, Sam is excited to give back to the local community who has given him so much. In his fourth season as a vendor with the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, Sam is excited to use his experience to help bring new opportunities for vendors with his service on the board, all in an effort to create a local hub where community members can engage with their local farmers and discover new businesses to support.
Stephanie Parker became an SFAM board member in 2020 and has been a vendor at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market and a variety of farmers markets on the Olympic Peninsula since 2013. When she isn’t helping her family on their five-acre farm in Sequim she loves to spend her time paddleboarding. She is passionate about supporting the entrepreneurs, local farms, and eclectic artists that make the market so unique. Stephanie is the chairperson of SFAM's Development Committee and is dedicated to helping the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market continue to grow and thrive.
Courtney Thomas is a 5th generation “Sequimmer” and truly believes there’s no place better on earth than the Olympic Peninsula. She is passionate about local food and the positive effects it has on our bodies, community, and planet. You can usually find Courtney chasing her 3 tiny kids around their Front Yard Farm in Agnew or at the market most Saturdays with her own booth. She has been involved in the local community on several fronts including Olympic Theatre Arts and other local organizations. Courtney also owns and practiced at Peaceful Kneads Orthopedic Massage, as well as teaching Massage, Business Start-Up, and Marketing for over 12 years, and is currently taking a break to be home with her kids while they are still small. Courtney brings her specialized experience to the market as the chairperson for SFAM's Jury Committee.
David Allen's expertise is with plants and where they grow. His work experience has guided his continued education in the relations of place, plants, and people. David established Shore Road Nursery in 1990, specializing in growing native plants of the Olympic Peninsula. He began vending at the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market in 2021. Prior to and concomitant with these enjoyable endeavors, he worked as an environmental consultant in ecological restoration. Employment with an environmental consulting firm in California brought him to varied locations of diverse habitats throughout the state. For the past thirteen years, David worked for Olympic National Park, primarily on the Elwha River Restoration Project, aiding in the revegetation of the dewatered reservoirs. David's long tenure of owning a small business and working for the federal government has introduced him to many people who are actively engaged in contributing to our community. In addition to his specialized restoration experience, David joins the SFAM board with a diverse background including certification in Ophthalmic Dispensing and a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Life Science and Vocational Agriculture. David enjoys the culinary arts, and music (when done by someone else, he says.) David also wishes to communicate that he is available as a golf caddy at $100 a loop.
Versatile, direct, experienced – Robin Barger's service on the SFAM Board of Directors draws on a wealth of diverse experiences as a marketer and entrepreneur. From her earliest days as a full-time mother and military wife in Europe, Robin has been drawn to small business. Robin was born in Chicago but went through many moves (New York, George, Florida, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania) which taught her flexibility and helped her develop a broad portfolio. Robin was the founder of a very successful blog with 250,000+ unique visitors/month, developed and created a profitable magazine with circulation of 50,000 in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. She spent most of her career in small business and marketing, moving on to become Chief Marketing Officer for ActionCOACH Global, the world’s number one business coaching firm. Robin has two adult children, has recently moved to Sequim with her partner, and is loving life in the Pacific Northwest. Robin is an avid (and excellent) cook, an amateur photographer, a lover of music, and a traveler who loves to explore new places.
Silas Crews landed in Sequim in 2018 to be closer to family living in the Pacific Northwest. He owns and operates a local video production company, Story Crane, which works with many local small businesses and non-profits to craft marketing content and strategy. Silas joins the SFAM Board of Directors with a passion for local community building and is excited to help bolster a strong local market culture for farmers, artisans, and guests.
Debra Fretts has joined the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market to become involved with her community. She believes teaching and guiding people of all ages to a healthy lifestyle is key to living a long energetic life. She is especially interested in having the young people of our community involved in the market, giving them the chance to learn, work and flourish in a thriving market business. She knows the importance of nutrition and education in growing both a healthy mind and body. Debbie has been part of the Sequim community for over 20 years, with part of that time in real estate, building, and the healthcare fields. When not helping others succeed, she is out hiking or camping with friends in the great outdoors.