Elli Rose grows organic produce with her family at Joy Farm in Sequim and has just completed her fourth 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 passionate about community and is always curious about new ways the market can serve our dynamic population.
Rachel Anderson is a lifelong resident of Sequim and has been active in several roles throughout the community. She has participated in Head Start Policy Council, Olympic Community Action Programs, Sequim Education Foundation, and Sequim City Council. Her volunteer 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.
Mackenzie Gray is a longtime resident of Clallam County and currently calls Sequim home. She is the co-owner of the accounting firm, Atlas Accounting Group, which specializes in providing accounting services to contractors. Mackenzie has a BA in anthropology from Whitman College. Alongside her six-year-old son that adores the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market, Mackenzie does her weekly produce shopping at the market and enjoys purchasing local presents for her friends and family. She is inspired by SFAM's growth and is excited to bring her specialized knowledge to the organization.
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 fifth 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Beverly Goldie is a retired education administrator, who together with her husband Doug, has been offering their creative vegan soy candles, "Dougerly Candle Co", at SFAM for the past two seasons. After many camping trips exploring the PNW and British Columbia, they fell in love with Sequim and decided to move here in 2010. They live on 5 acres of forest with their 2 beloved rescue dogs, Annie & Jack. Bev's interests include organic gardening, vegan culinary explorations, painting, reading, hiking, and camping. Bev's professional career included positions as a teacher, principal, and district office director of instruction and personnel. She finished her educational career as Director of Workforce Development. This position included the oversight of the management of multiple educational programs and services at the county level. Community collaboration and the leveraging of resources were key in her involvement with businesses and public services. She was also the Director of the county's Outdoor Education Program. This position included the oversight and management of the two Outdoor Schools' staff, including hiring and staff training. Doug and Bev started their own business, "Heart of Gold Learning Center", operating two offices, serving both children and adults with learning/cognitive issues before they moved to Sequim. It was their thought to open the business here, but life took a different direction. Bev has also served on many nonprofit boards. Locally, she was president of "Save the Olympic Peninsula" (S.T.O.P.) and leader of the North Olympic Peninsula GMO Awareness Group. Bev has an extensive background in organizational leadership, administration, budgets, and workshop facilitation. She holds a doctoral degree in Education Administration from University of the Pacific and is fluent in Spanish. She is excited to bring her expertise and experience to SFAM and the Board at this time of expansion and growth. Bev is also looking forward to expanding her connection to the local community.