Alex is a lover of community, and a proponent of resilient local economy. In early 2012, she undertook the talk of growing a farmers market in her community of Oaklands. She was inspired to create a space where community could gather to celebrate local food, art, music, and diversity. Today, the Oaklands Sunset Market supports over 100 vendors, showcases over 60 musicians, feeds 30 low income families (through the BCAFM Nutrition Coupon Program), and hosts thousands of patrons who support the market. Alex is gregarious, passionate, and diligent in her commitment to the sustainability and quality of the Oaklands Market.
Alex Harned received the Youth Leadership Award in 2015.