Founder & Executive Director
Amy started the MDFMA in 2012. Prior to her current role, she spent five years with the Maryland Department of Agriculture as state point of contact for farmers market issues, where she administered the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors and Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and participates in numerous statewide initiatives to meet the needs of market managers, farmers, and consumers. At MDA, Amy managed other related grants and projects, including a statewide survey of farmers markets, feasibility study for a Maryland farmers market association, and USDA grants to increase the number of markets in food deserts accepting EBT transactions. She is also a Board Member of FutureHarvest CASA.
Market Programs Manager
It was during her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal that Shelley’s interest in food security and food access really took root. Upon returning stateside, she jumped into graduate studies at Michigan State University, graduating in 2012 with a MS in Community, Food and Agriculture. Shelley then moved to Baltimore, MD where she served for one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA managing Civic Works’ Real Food Farm’s Mobile Farmers Market. She then spent two years as staff with Real Food Farm before joining the MDFMA team in October 2015.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Born and raised in New York City, Juliet attended Reed College in Portland, OR and the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Although trained as a historian, her passion for food and cooking led her to a career as a freelance food writer. Driven by a desire for more real world experience in food system management, Juliet joined FRESHFARM in Washington, DC where she managed markets, programs, and lead communications efforts. Juliet joined Maryland Farmers Market Association as the External Relations coordinator and works to increase the organization’s visibility and impact, advance its mission, and expand community involvement. When not working, Juliet enjoys cooking, visiting farmers markets, yoga, and spending time with her husband, sons and cats.