Portland Farmers Market is managed and operated by our dedicated, year-round staff. Full-time staff are assisted with market-day operations by a seasonal crew. Our everyday staff members include all of the charming folks listed below.
Trudy Toliver is a life-long Oregonian, environmentalist and leader. She believes that eating healthy food changes people lives. Her professional career has been all about sustainability. She built her management skills in public transit and with environmental groups. At TriMet, Portland, Oregon’s transit district, she held several positions over 16 years in areas such as transit planning, community relations, and marketing. Her favorite “claim to fame” is having been TriMet’s liaison with the community to assure that bikes were welcome on buses and trains. Her final years there were spent on the leadership team as Executive Director of Human Resources.
In 1999 Trudy shifted her career to environmental non-profits starting as Development Director at Friends of Virgin Islands National Park on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. After returning to Portland in 2002, she joined EarthShare Oregon as Executive Director. At EarthShare she led a federation of 70 conservation groups for the purpose of fundraising in the workplaces of 100 Oregon public agencies and businesses.
Her Bachelor’s degree is in Geography from Portland State University. She got her Master’s in Business with focus on organization development from Marylhurst University. Trudy teaches yoga and is pursuing certification as a nutrition therapist.
Jaret Foster is the Senior Market Manager for Portland Farmers Market. Beginning in 2005, his love of farmers markets went from a preoccupation to an occupation when he was hired by GreenMarket, New York City’s renowned network of open-air farmers markets. Raised in Montana, he initially trained as a chef at Portland’s Western Culinary Institute. Jaret worked for over ten years in fine dining kitchens on both coasts. In 2004 he completed an internship with Grinning Goat CSA Farm and lived and worked on a small vegetable farm while cooking at Fore Street Restaurant in Portland, Maine. After relocating back to Oregon from a year in New York, Jaret joined PFM as Site Manager for the Buckman Market in 2006. Jaret’s love of culinary and agricultural endeavors bring passion to his work with the markets. He lives with his son, Silas, in Northeast Portland.
Anna Curtin, Program Manager, is charged with building and maintaining relationships within Portland Farmers Market communities and fostering awareness about the organization’s seven distinct markets. This includes working with like-minded parties to strengthen our regional food economy, organizing Market education initiatives, and planning food celebration events throughout the market season. A native of rural upstate New York, Anna grew up eating from the family garden and wild woods of the Adirondack Mountains. Her search for outdoor adventures, wholesome food, and warmer winters led her to settle in the Rose City where she accumulated a wealth of public education, sales and administrative experience before joining the PFM staff in 2007. Prior to joining the PFM family, Anna was a dedicated Market volunteer for a number of years. When she is not seeking out farmer’s markets on out-of-town vacations, Anna enjoys life in Northeast Portland with two enthusiastic dogs and an unflappable cat.
Bookkeeper & Office Administrator
I grew up in North County San Diego and then moved to San Francisco for cooler weather and urban life. After 7 years I wanted to move to a more “livable city” and Portland, on a cool, grey and misty spring day seemed like just the place. I moved to Portland in 2000 and now live with my boyfriend and two cats in Southeast Portland. I have been involved in accounting work for over 20 years. That satisfies the organized and meticulous side of my personality. I also have many avocations including: singing, dancing, jewelry making, crafts and cooking. I studied culinary arts at Western Culinary a few years back. I look forward to adding gardening to that list when I plant an herb and tomato garden this spring. I developed a love for locally grown produce while assisting my Mother with her organic garden and several fruit trees. My favorite was an old avocado tree where I set up a neighborhood fort for my friends.
Mona joined the Portland Farmers Market team in 2009. A native of Oregon, she spent the previous 15 years in New York City denying her rural roots. Years of sitting in front of a computer in the name of market research led Mona to fulfill her lifelong dream of attending culinary school. After graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, her love of food and cooking led her from the kitchen of a Michelin-starred restaurant, to a celebrated catering company and, finally, to help launch an artisan chocolate brand. Craving a kinder, gentler way of life, she decided to return to her roots. She wondered, what better way to do so than to work with an organization that literally has roots in Oregon? At PFM, she indulges her passion for produce and helps spread the word about Oregon's bounty and the benefits of local, seasonal eating. When not writing her "Market Watch" feature in the Oregonian's FOODday section or trying to snag a table at Portland’s newest restaurant, you can find Mona filling up her basket at the market—in high heels, of course.
Market Coordinator & Administrative Assistant
Jamie grew up in SW Ohio in a lesser known valley called Miami. Growing up there she gained an appreciation for suburban life but alas the sprawling lawn landscapes of her youth compelled her to find a different way to live. So, upon graduating college she made the move to the big city, otherwise known as Portland. Two years after arriving here she joined the Delphina’s Bakery team as market staff and was immediately immersed in fresh local food! She had already gained an appreciation of quality food but markets took that appreciation even further when she realized that knowing who grows your food is just as important. Her first market love, swiss chard is where she began and now looks forward to each week's bounty with the promise to nourish and challenge her creativity in the kitchen! She has now served PFM for 3 years as a Market Coordinator working at both the Thursday Buckman Market and Saturdays at PSU and also provides administrative support at the PFM office. She loves working at the markets and feels honored to be able to watch the seasons unfold, customers excited by the provisions, and to know such a fine and talented group of people who produce our food.
Market Coordinator & Assistant Bookkeeper
Native Portland-i-vore Amber Holland is the Assistant Bookkeeper and one of three Market Coordinators for Portland Farmers Market. In addition to her time spent at the PFM office, Amber is challenged with the on-site management of Sunday @ King and works Saturdays @ Portland State University in the Market Manager Booth. Amber began working with Portland Farmers Market in 2007 while attending graduate school at Portland State University, earning a Masters in Public Administration in 2009. Having worked in animal care and welfare for over 10 years, coming to the farmers market was both exciting, rewarding, and delicious. Although still active in international veterinary care, Amber is dedicated full-time (from March through December) to fine-tuning her passion for eating, cooking, and unsuccessfully growing her own food! Amber lives in NW Portland under the reign of two dogs, Arthur and Roo, and executive feline, Madeline.
Market Coordinator & Volunteer Coordinator
Originally hailing from the Philadelphia area, Nicki has loved calling Portland her home since 2009. During her first month in town, Nicki signed up to volunteer with PFM and the next season was hired on to staff the Information Booth at the PSU Market. After two years as Assistant Bookkeeper she has recently shifted her responsibilities to Volunteer Coordination. Nicki also coordinates the NW and Shemanski markets and greatly enjoys her outreach efforts, which serve to deepen her connection with the market community. When not chatting about food, eating food or preserving food Nicki loves to play the piano, knit, snuggle up with big ole dogs, practice yoga, paint and take trips to the coast. She can also be found volunteering at nearby Square Peg Farm most Tuesdays while the weather holds out, connecting with the dirtiness and beauty of farming. Ever-friendly and welcoming, Nicki invites you to stop by the market and say hello sometime!