Meet Ann Foster! Council member and Farmer’s Market organizer

IMAG0540Clark County Food System Council Member of the Week:
Ann Foster

With a BA from the University of Wisconsin in the ‘60’s – college years which placed an emphasis on anti-Vietnam War activism and social upheaval – followed by a few years in the early days of the Peace Corps, I settled in on a long career in the exploding world of technology, starting in 1974 with the Hewlett-Packard Company in the Bay Area of California.  Working with entrepreneurs and microbusinesses at HP bred a keen interest in the nurturing and supporting of small local businesses in the community.

Once retired, and with some well-honed project management skills, I organized the farmers market in Salmon Creek, north of Vancouver.  The market opened in July of 2010 and is now preparing for its sixth successful year; a second market in Salmon Creek at the entrance to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center was opened in 2012.

I currently am the board of the Washington State Farmers Market Association.  Farmers’ markets that support local farms and food producing businesses are significant part of the distribution system in SW Washington.  Serving on the Clark County Food System Council and as a board member of Friends of Clark County enables me to increase my efforts to preserve small acreage family, food-producing farms in SW Washington.

Support your local farmers’ market!  Buy Clark County grown!