Board of Directors

Vince Trotter

Board President

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Vince has farmed since 2010, working with operations from the Sierra Foothills to the Central Coast of California and Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa Junior College’s Shone Farm.  At his own farm, he grows primarily for the restaurant trade, raising a diversity of Asian specialty greens, storage crops, and orchard fruit.

Vince also serves as the Agricultural Ombudsman and Sustainable Ag Coordinator for UC Cooperative Extension in Marin County. He helps producers develop new enterprises and practices that will increase the long-term viability of their operations. As Ag Ombudsman, he also translates local, state, and federal rules affecting farms, and helps producers navigate the regulations so they can get the job done.

He has proudly served on the Sonoma County Farm Trails Board of Directors since 2013.

Lauren Bowne

Secretary

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Lauren Bowne has guided her strong passion for food & agriculture into 20 years working and studying to make communities healthier and more connected to their food supply. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a journalism degree focused on farmers and their experience with community supported agriculture, she went on to law school at UC Davis to gain policymaking experience. Following her studies she spent 7 years working as a consumer health advocate at Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine. After starting a family and living an urban lifestyle, she and her husband moved with their young son to Sonoma County to pursue a life of rural harmony and cheesemaking. Lauren joined the Farm Trails board in 2012 just as the family started Gypsy Cheese Co., which grew for 3 years. When an opportunity arose at the local nonprofit, School Garden Network, she spent 2 years leading the organization as Executive Director.

Through Lauren’s 8 years sitting on the Board of Directors of Sonoma County Farm Trails she has worked intimately with farming community to highlight the bounties of Sonoma County. She has been committed to Farm Trails through significant transitional periods and was the catalyst in developing the much-loved Artisan Tasting Lounge for the Gravenstein Apple Fair.

Andrea Krout

Treasurer

District Director for Supervisor David Rabbitt & Owner of Krouty Farms

Karen Bianchi-Moreda

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Owner of Valley Ford Cheese Company

Alexandra Fox

Director

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Alex is the owner of Food & Farm Tours, guiding locals and out-of-town guests through the bounty of our local food shed on day excursions to the leading purveyors in Northern California’s sustainable and regenerative agriculture scene. She is a 3rd generation San Franciscan and Marin County native passionate about connecting people to the land and their food source. After working for a decade in the organic food industry, including stints at Straus Family Creamery and CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), Alex has fostered intimate connections with top purveyors making renowned artisanal products in Marin and Sonoma counties, from cheese and oysters to wine and spirits. Her extensive knowledge of sustainable, organic, and regenerative agricultural practices began with a BA in Environmental Studies/ Sustainable Agriculture from UC Santa Cruz and continued to grow throughout her career in the food industry. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University and has consulted with food and agriculture businesses big and small from the Agricultural Institute of Marin to Preserve Farm Kitchens. Alex is a true foodie and agricultural enthusiast, always hungry to check out the newest spots in town. She believes wholeheartedly that restoring people’s connection to food can change the world.

Rick Williams

Director

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Rick Williams is the proprietor of Harmony Farm Supply & Nursery in Sebastopol.  He purchased the business in 2007, and has recently opened another location in Petaluma.  He is also the proprietor of Harmony Ag Supply in Fulton.  Mr. Williams’ career began with Kutler Clothiers in San Francisco while attending Golden Gate University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  He subsequently moved on to Healthy Planet Products where he eventually became Executive Vice President of Operations.  After fifteen years with Healthy Planet, he left to begin his ventures as an entrepreneur leading him to where he is today.  To participate and contribute to the community was part of his Texan upbringing, and as such, Mr. Williams also sits on the boards of two other non-profits, and his companies provide funding and support for many agricultural non-profits, including School Garden Network of Sonoma County, and the Eco-Farm Conference.  Mr. Williams and his businesses are advocates for good land stewardship practices.  “We do not inherit the land from our fore-bearers, we borrow it from our children” (sic) is a one of his favorite expressions.