Kate was born and raised in the Boston area, but as they say, she got here as soon as she could. She moved to New Orleans straight out of Suffolk University in 1997 to teach in the public schools of St. John the Baptist Parish. In 1999, she began teaching eighth-grade math at New Orleans Charter Middle School, the first charter school in New Orleans, and one of the few bright spots in what was at the time a deeply troubled school system. Realizing that lack of nutrition was one of the obstacles her students faced in realizing their potential, she began pursuing a master's degree in public health at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, receiving her degree in 2006. She also began working at Tulane's Prevention Research Center, where she focused on issues such as improving access to fresh foods and cultivating places to walk and bike within the city. Her work researching the city's bike lanes became the basis of several articles she published in medical journals and her dissertation; she received her doctorate from Tulane in the spring of 2013. She joined marketumbrella.org in December. Kate lives in Mid-City with her husband and three sons. She loves knitting and sewing, old round barns, strong coffee from a French press, camping in the Vanagon, local foods, triathlons and going to the market. If you see her, say hi!
Raised in the heart of the Sportsman's Paradise, Cristina Berthelot spent her childhood romping in the swamps of South Louisiana. Growing up between the Bonnet Carre Spillway and the string of refineries impacted her at a young age, thus developing a great passion for nature, wildlife, and environmental advocacy. Cristina's elementary days of Wetland Watching evolved into a college career founded on earth and environmental science. She graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a BGS concentrating in Environmental Science and Biology. While at Southeastern, her studies reached to areas of food inequality, urban farming, and the bitter truth of the food industry. She even studied sustainable agriculture abroad in Cuba! After this, Cristina diverted her focus to food justice through Farmers Markets where she promoted the importance of food, sustainable farming practices, and the ecological and economic impacts of eating locally. Cristina spends her free time cooking for family and friends, NOLA festivities, and the occasional evening nap.
Caryn was born and raised in New Orleans. As a child, she could often be found spending her weekends at one of her family’s grocery stores in the Lower 9th Ward or behind her mom’s stand at the French Market. She took a brief hiatus from NOLA living to attend graduate school in the arctic of Buffalo, NY, but quickly returned to her hometown after obtaining a Master’s in Urban Planning. Caryn’s values are in building equity for underserved populations through community development and an understanding of how public policy and the built environment affect the quality of life. It seems only natural that she would find herself at the Crescent City Farmers Market working to improve people’s access to healthy foods and community resources. When she’s not working, Caryn enjoys cooking, playing word games and strolling Mid-City with her dog, Pumpkin.
Jamal Brown is a born and raised New Orleanian. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from Loyola University, New Orleans and a graduate degree in business administration from Tulane University. Jamal Brown previously worked for Liberty Bank and Trust Company in its Community Development Division and the New Orleans City Director for the Black Alliance for Educational Options. Jamal is an active member of the New Orleans community, having sat on several boards in New Orleans including Teaching Responsible Earth Education, 100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans, and The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network. Jamal is married with three children.
Ashley moved to New Orleans in 2008, by way of Cedar Falls, Iowa, to help rebuild Hurricane Katrina-damaged homes of elderly and disabled residents through Catholic Charities' Operation Helping Hands program. Being from Iowa naturally means that there are farmers in her family. Ashley's great uncle was a hog farmer. Her great-grandparents grew and sold produce out of their home, and even made their own wines. Every year her family picks enough strawberries to make at least a hundred jars of Great Grandma Millie’s famous strawberry jam, lovingly renamed "Jimmy Jam" after her grandfather, who now spearheads the endeavor and always ensures that a few jars make it to Ashley in New Orleans. While living in Iowa, Ashley helped run a local garden center for four years and obtained a degree in graphic design. She currently lives in the Bayou St. John area with her husband and dog. She enjoys spending time with her stepson and daughter, reading, cleaning the house while listening to very loud punk rock, plants, collecting antique door knobs, art supplies that she never uses and anything lemon. She also works at a café on the weekends to support her troubling coffee habit.
Melanie was born and raised in San Diego, California and is currently an undergraduate student at Duke University. Prior to attending college, she took a gap year during which she traveled and studied international comparative studies and culture and participated in weekly social responsibility volunteering. During high school, Melanie researched and worked with peers to develop a proposal for implementing green technologies into local schools, created educational materials for a medical clinic in Northern Uganda, and served as the Student Body President. Beyond her work and interest in sustainability and social responsibility, she’s grown to value healthy lifestyles and worked with a local wellness business in San Diego. Through this experience, she experienced first-hand the benefits of accessible, organic, and healthy produce and food options. Working with the Crescent City Farmer’s Market, Melanie hopes to help expand its role in generating healthy, sustainable habits in local communities. In addition, Melanie enjoys yoga, dancing, hiking, and sweet potatoes.
Angelina Harrison is originally from a small family dairy farm in Wisconsin. She grew up helping her mom can and preserve from the bounty of a kitchen garden and none of her food came out of a box. After graduating with honors from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in environmental science and policy, she went on to work in local government on various climate action plan implementation items including alternative transportation infrastructure, municipal curbside recycling and composting enhancement, and regional solar permitting standardization. She moved to New Orleans in 2011 and immediately got her hands dirty working for Hollygrove Market & Farm where she quickly became the market manager and then, the general manager. She is excited to make the transition from retail to public markets and continue her work building the local food system. Angelina is thrilled to be able to live in this beautiful city and still work with farmers. She enjoys festivals, second lines and parades with her husband and daughters and aspires to one day to actually grow a tomato during a New Orleans summer.
Raised in San Luis Obispo, California, Scott often met up with friends downtown for the weekly farmers market. Currently, a rising senior at Yale majoring in history and cognitive science, he has worked on organic farms in northern Italy and leads a pre-orientation trip which brings incoming freshmen together to work on Connecticut farms. This summer, he is excited to break a sweat with the Crescent City Farmers Market team. Having never traveled to the South, he is eager to join the market community and explore the historic Big Easy. In his free time, Scott enjoys wearing sandals, sitting in coffee shops, and listening to music.
Our Program FMRx Coordinator is from New Iberia, La. Shalon recognized her passion for helping others in her early years. Her grandfather's health took a turn and she quickly learned she wanted to embark upon the health field. She moved to the Ruston, La. to pursue her B.S. in health promotion from Grambling State University and shortly after began working with the Harris County Public Health Department in Houston, Texas. There, she gained experience working with their Healthy Living Matters Program tackling childhood obesity. Shalon now resides in New Orleans where she spends her time worshipping with Household of Faith ministries, visiting various parks for physical activity, site-seeing art galleries, and enjoying theatrical plays. She enjoys meeting new people and more importantly helping those in need! Feel free to join her at anytime for a workout!
Amanda grew up outside of Philadelphia and fell in love at first visit with New Orleans while visiting Tulane in 2006. Ten years later and she's still adding activities to her New Orleans bucket list. She doesn't like to talk about herself, and encourages you to read about the amazing Market Umbrella programs instead.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama Victoria Williams fell in love with New Orleans while attending Tulane University to receive her Masters in Social Work. Victoria Williams spent several years as a Licensed medical Social Worker and Head Start family service coordinator, helping New Orleans parents and families stay healthy, navigate the medical systems, and access schools and community resources. Today, she relies on many of these same skills as she designs and coordinates Incentive programs for WIC and breastfeeding moms at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Victoria is a breastfeeding mom and understands the importance of having access to locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. She embraces this same holistic approach to her own life, as she enjoys visiting farmers market in any states, party planning and Bikram yoga.
Market Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.
The Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The market hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.