Market Manager, Coastside Farmers’ Markets
Presentation: Building Your Market with Community Investment – Monday 02/25, 2pm-3pm
About Erin: Erin started Farm Fatales, a 48 acre ranch south of Half Moon Bay CA in 1997. As a first generation farmer working in an active agricultural community without a local Farmer’s Market, Erin leveraged two decades’ experience as a self-employed non-profit professional with a strong background in nonprofit benefit event coordination and her thick network of fellow new farmers to found Coastside Farmers’ Markets in 2003. Coastside Farmers’ Market was deemed “exemplary” by Gourmet Magazine (2/04), named as one of the “Best Bay Area Farmer’s Markets” on the cover of Sunset Magazine, (8/09), has been featured twice on the Roots of Change website (8/12 and 6/13), was honored with a Resolution from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary season, and has topped the San Francisco Chronicle’s Bay Area A-List as the Best Farmers’ Market in the region for the three consecutive years (2013-2015).
Erin is an inaugural member of the San Mateo Food Systems Alliance, the first of it’s kind in California, managed the Farmers’ Market-Place at the Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco in 2008. Erin was appointed to a 3-year term of the Steering Committee for the California Alliance of Certified Farmers’ Markets, formed in 2013. Erin was named 2017’s Farmer of the Year, an honor read into the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Jackie Speier. In 2018 she was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame. Erin is a founding director of The HEAL Project (Health, Environment, Agriculture & Learning), a grassroots nonprofit that has developed an award winning curriculum and program set for K-12 school children that ties California Science and Math standards to lessons centered in the agricultural environment and economy.