The Kensington Farmers' Market Board
Chris Hall, Market Manager - Chris has lived in Kensington since 1988. He began his early career in agriculture in 1974 when he began traveling the central valley of California selling supplies to nurseries and farms. He started his own business in 1982 and ran it successfully for over thirty-five years. He has been consulting with small businesses on how to get their products placed in the market and has helped introduce numerous natural food products to the buying public. Chris served on the board Beneficial Plant Research association, a non-profit, while running his own company, as well as consulting farmers and agricultural producers to the present date. He traveled extensively to many countries in Latin America over the years and has a masters degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies & B.A. in English from UCSB. He is a resident of Kensington with his wife Jennifer and their son Lucky.
Mark Altenberg, President - A Kensington resident since 1982, Mark has worked actively to support local groups such as the Kensington Education Foundation, the Berkeley Bicycle Club and the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble. He spent many years working at high-tech startups including Genentech, Apple and WebEx, and now works locally doing independent video production. He and his wife Barb have four kids, all of whom attended Kensington Hilltop School and Berkeley High. They do a lot of cooking and enjoy coming to the market to discover what's fresh and in season, meet up with friends and neighbors and enjoy the wonderful variety of local musicians who come to play.
Becky Stephens, Board Member - For the past 7 years, Becky has lived in Kensington with her 8-year old twins and husband, Eric. Before becoming a stay at home mom, Becky worked in the health promotion industry. She spent 10 years in Washington, D.C., encouraging legislators to mandate healthy lunches in schools and worked on getting a label approved for a health claim on soyfoods. After moving to the Bay Area, Becky worked for Vitasoy, an international soyfoods company. At Vitasoy she had the pleasure of managing the consumer hotline, advising on nutrition policy and public relation issues as well as developing recipes and marketing materials. Her last job before the twins were born was at the Better Health Foundation. Currently, Becky is an active volunteer at the kid’s school, Kensington Hilltop Elementary. As a native Iowan, Becky has a true understanding of where our foods come from and an appreciation of local agriculture and its impact on our community and the environment. Becky is excited to bring her health promotion expertise to the market.
Gary Lazar, Board Member - For the past few years, Gary has occasionally substituted for Chris and run the market. After running a local business for many years, Gary enjoys supporting the community through the farmers market.