Our Team

Samantha Bass, President

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.

Shanin Ybarrondo, Executive Director

Although Shanin was born and raised in the bay area, after visiting her in-laws here in 1988 she could not wait to relocate and raise her son here.  By 1992 she and her then husband moved to Nevada City.  She immediately embraced the country life and worked at the family business; The Village Smokehouse in Cedar Ridge.

Shanin Ybarrondo has been in the marketing game since she was a teenager — literally since high school. Shanin was out selling school newspaper sponsorships to area businesses, conveying value to potential customers and in the process, learning about graphic design, key marketing strategies and the importance of building relationships.

She spent a decade designing and brokering business cards, pens, t-shirts and everything in between and then one day she designed a t-shirt for a women’s wine trip and as a result Wild Women on Wine was born. In 2008 the business venture ended.

The next decade she spent time promoting the wine industry, raising money for our local hospital and starting her own marketing company.  Life has come full circle as she embarks on promoting Nevada County Agriculture pulling from her experience of event planning, winery agriculture and marketing.

Leo Chapman, Treasurer

Leo and his wife Debora have lived in Nevada City since 1986.  After a career in the building trade, he found his true passion in growing food. Leo was a co-founder of Living Lands Agrarian Network and a founding board member of the Nevada City Farmers Market.  Recently, he and his wife purchased Harmony Valley Farm, where they have been farming and growing their own meat, flowers and veggies since 2008. They look forward to growing food for themselves and their community for years to come. Currently, Leo is the land match coordinator for Sierra Harvest, and on the Nevada City Farmers Market board as a community member.

Carolyn Price, Secretary

Carolyn Price is actively committed to community building in Nevada County, her home for the past 10 years. As a child, she practically grew up in health food stores as her father was involved in opening the first Whole Foods Market and subsequently all stores throughout the Southwest region. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. Throughout college, Carolyn worked for the Amala Foundation, creating and directing Camp Indigo, a summer camp that empowers children to be themselves through art, dance, music, yoga and gardening. She relocated to Nevada County to raise children in a smaller community and enjoy the adventures of homesteading. She has 3 children and currently works as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance. Growing and eating healthy food  and building community have been strong themes in her life and she continues her passion for both through serving the membership of Nevada County Grown.

Evelyn Soltero

Evelyn Soltero was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. As an owner- operator of a small business, All About Wells, she assists land owners with land and water management to improve groundwater storage. Her education is rooted in science: a Bachelor of Science in Biology, UC Davis; a Secondary Teaching Credential in Life Science, Humboldt State University; and a Master of Science in the Geosciences, focused in Hydrogeology, Chico State University. She has lived locally since 2003 and enjoys field science, groundwater education, hiking, and riding her horse, Tony. Evelyn is passionate about the opportunity to improve local food distribution by increasing awareness and presence of local food in our schools, our homes, and in the hands of economically challenged citizens.