Our Team

We are the proud volunteers that manage the Gaucho Certified Farmers Market!

Morgan Campbell, Graduate Student Market Coordinator

Kate Columbus, Intern

Rachel Hommel, Staff

Kristen LaBonte, Staff, Chair

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Kristen is the Life & Environmental Sciences Librarian at UCSB and has a strong commitment to the production and access of locally produced, sustainable food. Her work for the market focuses on administrative duties and she helps keep the group organized and on-task. She was first introduced to growing food by her grandparents as a child and obtained a community garden plot at the Greenhouse and Garden Project at UCSB in 1995. As the current staff advisor for the project, she maintains a large plot on campus in addition to a raised bed and egg-laying hens at home. When Kristen isn’t working on campus or in the dirt, she might be found on local trails, working the Saturday Farmers Market for Finley Farms, on a yoga mat, at a music festival, or traveling near and far.

Martin Rodriguez, Staff

Jewel Snavely, Staff

Jewel Snavely joined the Administrative Services Department in September 2013, as the Campus Sustainability Coordinator and TGIF Grants Manager.  Jewel earned her Master’s degree from UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Management, where she specialized in Water Resource Management She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental studies from San Francisco State University.  In Jewel’s position at the University of California, Santa Barbara she is responsible for managing The Green Initiative Fund, UCSB’s sustainability reporting, the Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee and other subcommittees, and additional sustainability projects and outreach/communication. Jewel has also been heavily involved in the coordination and implementation of two of the Presidential Initiatives on Food and Climate Neutrality.

Cecilia Sousa, Staff

Anne Trinh, Intern

Anne is a third-year Biology and Environmental Studies double major who joined the team in January 2016 after a 2-week experience WWOOFing in Hawaii that changed her life for the better (and pushed her toward vegetarianism)! She currently helps with social media and graphic design for the Farmers Market. Anne loves microbes (especially bacteria) and aspires to learn their ways for the sake of the environment.

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