Staff



 

 

Darren Larkin,   Felton and Santa Cruz Downtown Market Manager

Nicole Zahm, Director of Education

Denise Vivar, Media,Marketing and PR Director

 

Bios

Nesh Dhillon, Director

 

Garrett Kautz,Operations Manager

Garrett Kautz is responsible for managing at the Downtown and Scotts Valley markets, developing SCCFM’s Music Series in addition to working administratively behind the scenes. He comes from a farming family based in California’s Central Valley and has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Garrett spent time farming and studying permaculture in Australia, which helped solidify his passion for sustainable agriculture and food systems.


Darren Larkin, Market Manager

Kyle Lane-McKinley, Market Manager
Kyle is responsible for operations at the Westside and Live Oak farmers markets, where he thrives on the eclectic mix of conversations and encounters that only community farmer’s markets can provide. He holds an MFA in Digital Art and New Media from UC Santa Cruz, as well as BAs in Sculpture and World Literature. When not managing markets or caring for his young daughter he is a lecturer and research associate at UC Santa Cruz and helps run Bike Church Santa Cruz, teaching patrons how to fix their own bicycles as part of an overarching vision of ecological sustainability.

Nicole Zahm, Food Shed Project Director

Nicki Zahm coordinates our community outreach and educational programming. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she is particularly excited to be involved in agriculture and community building in this region. Nicki’s professional efforts over the past decade has focused on health in various capacities including HIV prevention, homelessness and dementia among older adults. Since 2008, food systems work has been the vain through which she sees the largest potential for community and ecological health. Nicki received a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a dual MA in Social Work and Public Health in Michigan. She also loves to dance and jump in the ocean.

Denise Vivar – Public Relations Director

Denise Vivar takes the Markets’ mission and message to heart and to the community, promoting sustainability and conscious-community building through her contact with the media, local organizations and community members. She is a writer, speaker, artist and a full-fledged foodie. In her role as a voice for the SCCFM, Denise can be found behind the scenes at the market, organizing and promoting events. She holds a B.S. in Biology from Cal State University, Hayward.