Trudy Toliver

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Farmers' Markets -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainability -- Agriculture


Interview of Trudy Toliver by Sara Davenport at Portland, Oregon on August 1st, 2011.

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In January 2011 Trudy Toliver became the Executive Director of the Portland Farmers Market. She previously served as the Executive Director of EarthShare Oregon. She earned a BS in Urban Studies from Portland State University in 1984, and in 1992 she received her MS in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Marylhurst University.


At the time of this interview, Trudy Toliver served as Executive Director for the Portland Farmers Market. Toliver feels that the Portland Farmers Market offers better access to fresh fruits and vegetables than typical grocery stores due to farmers markets having access to a wider variety of options for healthier eating. Access to fresh food is important because some foods act as poison and others act as medicine. Toliver has also worked with Trimet, pushing for bike racks on mass transit vehicles to create more opportunities for alternative modes of transportation. Aside from health factors, Toliver discusses how the farmers market promotes sustainability, including its expansive composting project—and how they are working to expand upon it.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University.


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