Christine Easley ext. 0
Christine grew up attending farmers markets with her farmer aunts. She assisted with the Pittsfield Farmers Market the summer of 2016, and prior to that she was the leader of Growing Hope’s markets and market-related programming for four years. In addition to managing Growing Hope’s Farmers Market Program including the Downtown Ypsilanti, Depot Town, Ypsilanti Winter and the Wayne Farmers Market, she has also managed the Westland Farmers Market. Throughout her career at Growing Hope, the markets had seen record numbers and increased both health and economic impact on the community.
Christine is a graduate from the first class of Michigan Farmers Market Association (MIFMA) Market Manager Certificate program, the only one of its type in the US. She is a mentor to farmers markets managers throughout Michigan, both being a manager frequently called on by others for expertise, and formally matched with other markets through MIFMA’s mentorship program for the last six years. Christine enjoys sharing knowledge and best practices with her colleagues in the hope that all communities and their farmers/vendors would benefit.
Being part of the farmers market also feeds into her passion of supporting the small local businesses and downtowns. She was a founding board member of Wayne Ripple Effect, now known as Wayne Main Street, a Michigan Main Street member and a non-profit dedicated to downtown revitalization in her hometown of Wayne. Saline’s downtown and Main Street program was an inspiration to her then and she is proud to be part of the market located here.
Christine is thrilled to call Saline her home since last October when her family moved into the area. She looks forward to connecting with her new community and its many organizations. It is her opinion that community partnerships with local businesses and organizations are key to having a successful market as much as the vendors are.