Abbi grew up in Goleta, CA with parents who enjoyed gardening and encouraged time in the outdoors. She has an associate degree in Liberal Arts from Allen Hancock College, and has worked with the California State Parks since 1995. After a cancer diagnosis and a full year of treatment, the role of nutrition in overall health became more important to her and she started a job as Garden Education Manager with Santa Barbara City College and the Orfalea Foundation in 2012. This expanded her love of gardening, and along with experience and great training opportunities, she found her way to the UC Cal Fresh Team! Abbi’s work includes supporting both school and community gardens and coordinating the UC Garden Nutrition Extender program. Abbi hopes to further the garden and nutrition education movement among adults and children in the community for a healthier lifestyle. When she’s not working, you’ll find her out running half marathons, chasing down the race bling!