Woman of the Week


Ann Karlen - Founding Director of Fair Food

Ann is the founding Director of Fair Food, launched in 2001 to promote humane sustainable agriculture in Philadelphia region using a market-based approach. In 2003, she launched the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market, a social enterprise business selling all-local products from over 90 family farmers and producers. She was a member of the Management Team that launched Common Market Philadelphia in 2008, a values-driven business that aggregates and distributes local food to area institutions. Ms. Karlen consults with farmers and wholesale buyers such as chefs and grocers to help build lasting business relationships, and serves on several advisory boards including the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council appointed by Mayor Nutter.

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