Rural Community Builder Name: Mary Shaw

Community: Florence

Role: President of Florence Farmers Market

What is one word or phrase that describes this person as an RCB: Making it easy!

Recognized by: Oregon Coast Visitors Association

Tell us a bit about what you appreciate about them as an RCB: Mary Shaw is the president of Florence Farmers Market. From the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, Shaw and her volunteer staff have continued to pivot and engage the Florence community. They have made the market completely virtual, allowing the businesses and farmers that sell through the market to have one of the best seasons since the beginning of the Florence Farmers Market. In their own words “We call it physical distance with social connection. And we are making it as easy as organic apple pie.”