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 a member of the Sonoma County Food System Alliance, a county-based coalition of stakeholders and leaders working to improve our food system through community engagement and collective action.
Ellen Cavalli is co-owner of Tilted Shed Ciderworks in Windsor, which she founded with her husband, Scott Heath, in 2011. They grow more than 120 varieties of cider apples; source organic apples from Sonoma County family farms; and make ciders that have earned international acclaim for Sonoma County terroir. A longtime Farm Trails member and self-professed Farm Trails cheerleader, Ellen lives on a 5.4-acre Sebastopol farm with Scott, their son, dog, cats, chickens, sheep, and too many apple trees to count.