Our Staff

Mariya Strauss, Executive Director

We are pleased to welcome Mariya Strauss as the new Executive Director of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. Mariya comes to the Farm Alliance from a career in advocacy journalism and in grassroots organizing work on a national level. She is an advocate for justice throughout the food system and supply chain, and is committed to helping Baltimore’s urban farms prosper in a changing world. A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she has lived in Baltimore since 2009. If you or your organization is interested in finding out more about the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, or if you would like to explore opportunities to partner with us, please contact her at mariya@farmalliancebaltimore.org.


Crystal Forman, Market Managermarketing-of-culinary

Crystal L. Forman is a native Baltimorean who works to improve food justice, food sovereignty and sustainable food access. She is an avid forager, gardener and volunteer farmer. She loves teaching youth foraging, wild food cooking and farm to plate activities. Crystal is also a passionate health and wellness educator. She focuses on disease prevention, health education, chronic conditions management and wellness outreach programs that emphasize plant-based nutrition and exercise. She is the owner of Holistic Healthy Living for All, LLC and the director of Holistic Wellness and Health, a company that uses a whole person approach that integrates health, fitness and wellness to improve the quality of life for all. She offers health education courses, healthy cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, and wellness seminars.

In addition to her Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) degrees, Crystal is a certified Permaculture designer, a certified Baltimore City Master Gardener, a certified sport nutrition consultant (CSNC), and a certified group exercise instructor (GEI).

Contact Crystal for inquires related to Waverly Market, Lexington Market, Collective Sales, Market Opportunities, and greenhouse space. She can be reached at info@farmalliancebaltimore.org.



Staycie Francisco, Outreach & Operations Manager
HandlingtheWeeds (2)Staycie comes to the Farm Alliance with a wealth of experience working in community outreach and public engagement, and a passion for food accessibility, environmental justice, and sustainable community building. As a Communications and Political Field Director for SEIU MD/DC State Council, she directed and managed all aspects of voter outreach campaigns. As a Community Outreach and Development Coordinator for the State of Maryland, she worked closely with economically disadvantaged and environmental justice communities to find grants and resources. The close relationships she built with residents led her to dig deeper into sustainable solutions offered by local farming and gardening. Recently, she received a certification in Permaculture Design with Charm City Farms, and is currently completing the Neighborhood Soil Rebuilders’ Advanced Composting Certification with Institute for Local Self-Reliance. She holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Bates College and a M.A. in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. She is a devoted student of yoga and holistic healing, and teaches several yoga classes a week; she also loves and supports local artists.

Contact Staycie for inquiries related to our Double Dollars healthy food incentive program, Farm Alliance events, fundraisers, workshops and trainings, and marketing opportunities. Staycie can be reached at staycie@farmalliancebaltimore.org.