Staff

Carmen Snyder

Carmen Snyder

Executive Director

When living in an intentional farming community in North Carolina, Carmen fell in love with farm life and food production, especially enjoying bee-keeping, food preservation & fermentation, hand-milking goats & cows, and making dairy products. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a middle school English teacher, yoga instructor, head of the kitchen for various events, and principal organizer for the Southeastern Permaculture Gathering.

Inspired by Sonoma County’s thriving, diverse agricultural community, Carmen is passionate about supporting local farmers and working to preserve farms forever. She oversees Farm Trails operations and events, from budgets to band selection, and is most interested in cultivating community, bridging gaps, building resilience, and fulfilling Farm Trails' mission to instill an appreciation of ag as a vital part of our lifestyle.

Carmen serves as Treasurer of the School Garden Network of Sonoma County and sits on the advisory board of Colorado State University’s Western US Agritourism Project. She is also the Producer of the Gravenstein Apple Fair.

Ellen Cavalli

Ellen Cavalli

Program Manager

A longtime member of Farm Trails, Ellen joined the staff in September 2019. She is the primary contact for our members; handles the Farm Trails social media, newsletters, website, Map & Guide, marketing, and publicity; coordinates the seasonal tours and marketing campaigns; and participates in various ag advocacy meetings and groups including as a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance. Ellen is also co-owner of Tilted Shed Ciderworks, which she founded with her husband, Scott Heath, in 2011. Ellen lives on a Sebastopol farm with Scott, their son, dog, cats, chickens, sheep, and too many apple trees to count.

Nina Caputo

Nina Caputo

Gravenstein Apple Fair Planning & Production Manager

Nina has lived most of her life in Sonoma County, and loves every bit of what the county has to offer.  She has dedicated most of her career working in the non-profit world, planning events to benefit our local community. An animal lover at heart, Nina has worked in animal rescue for many years, raising funds for our community's homeless pets. Having worked in community engagement and fundraising, as well as volunteer management, she is excited to bring her passion for community building and supporting the bounty of Sonoma County to the Gravenstein Apple Fair! Nina, her husband and dog live in West County, where they enjoy everything outdoors and being surrounded by trees as much as possible.
photo of Pam Davis

Pam Davis

Gravenstein Apple Fair Operations Manager

As Gravenstein Apple Fair Operations Manager, Pam handles myriad logistics, including securing and managing service contracts, permits, identifying potential sponsors, managing paperwork for vendors, procuring and assuring proper distribution of equipment and supplies, tracking, and more for the Fair.

Lisa Rose

Lisa Rose

Photographer

A Northern California native moved from Marin to Sonoma in 2018 where the rolling hills and seasonal beauty of Sonoma County have always been her favorite visual treasure. Lisa has been photographing people places and things professionally for over 32 years. Her life behind the camera is a vibrant world where imagination and real life combine moment to moment. Since moving to Sonoma, Lisa has realized a beautiful dream. In 2020 she formally started Revival Groove Urban Microfarm, a half-acre farm focused on growing fruit and vegetables year-round, building community around healthy locally grown food through her mini CSA. Lisa enjoys working with people in their own gardens so they too can grow food too.

In 2022 Revival Groove became a member of Farm Trails and had her first booth in Life on the Farm at the Gravenstein Apple Fair. In fall of 2022 Lisa joined Farm Trails team as staff photographer and couldn’t be happier being connected to such a dynamic agricultural community. Lisa teaches hands-on photography workshops to members, hits the Farm Trails for Spring and Fall tours to capture the members and the public as well as cruising the county as the seasons change to collect images for the annual Map and Guide.

Lisa lives in Santa Rosa with her 2 daughters and their 2 dozen hens, 3 ducks, 1 rabbit, 4 cats, and 1 dog. On any given day you will find her with hands in the soil and watching her hens cluck around at sunset.

Kristina Muelrath

Kristina Muelrath

Bookkeeper

Growing up in rural Sonoma County, Kristina Muelrath developed a life-long passion for our diverse agricultural community. After studying agricultural business at Santa Rosa Junior College and Cal Poly, Kristina began her career in the financial side of agriculture in the Napa wine industry. After 20 years in the wine and viticulture world, Kristina began offering her bookkeeping services to individuals and small local businesses.

Kristina and her family also raise beef cattle and sell beef and related products to customers across the Bay Area. They are members of Sonoma County Farm Trails and supporters of local youth agricultural organizations.

When not at work, Kristina spends her time with her husband, Mike, and their three children. They are usually found working on their ranch or 4-H projects, riding horses, cheering for their kids at a local sports field or adventuring in the mountains.