Our Team

Samantha Bass

Born and raised in Nevada County, Samantha Bass has a passion for this land and its people. She graduated with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from San Diego State University, and has worked in events and marketing over the last 10 years. Currently, she is studying to becoming a Soil Food Web Consultant under Dr. Elaine Ingham and is starting a career in Real Estate here in Nevada County. With a diverse mix of interest and skills, Samantha is dedicated to building a stronger local food culture in Nevada County.

Valerie Costa

Valerie Costa moved to Nevada County six years ago for many reasons, including the availability of small family farms providing local, organic produce.  She has been a regular attendee to local farm potlucks and farmers markets since before she made the move, and continues to do all she can to promote the local agricultural community.  Valerie helped to create and develop the Nevada County Cannabis and Nevada County Rancher biannual publications as her role as Special Sections Manager of The Union, and promotes local agritourism opportunities in her role as administrator of www.gonevadacounty.com.  Valerie can be reached at [email protected].