Staff

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Helga Garcia-Garza , Co-Director of Agri-Cultura Network

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Helga manages the day-to-day operations of the Agri-Cultura Network alongside Jedrek Lamb. She oversees the development of the networks programs and community events, which include La Cosecha, Mobile Market, Salud y Sabor and a monthly cooking class. She has over 20 years of experience with cooperative organic farming practices and administration. She has a long history as a community organizer and environmental justice activist. Helga has spent the last 30 years dedicated to community health initiatives on both sides of the US/Mexico region organizing and educating communities on Right to Know Right to Act regarding water, land and air contamination. Helga has a strong commitment to food justice and the Agri-Cultura Network. She has worked at ACN member farms, and worked on tracking, quality control, and distribution of the networks produce.

Bonnie Thornton, CSA Administrator

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Bonnie manages the day to day operations of the CSA and coordinates La Cosechas involvement in community events. Her introduction to sustainability began when she lived and worked on a permaculture farm in Pecos for the summer at the age nineteen. She is pursuing a degree in Environmental Planning and Design. She has a background in the food industry, customer service, and retail operations. Her biggest goal in life is to create a sustainable future for her son Atreyu, and for us all.

Mayanelli Brown, Outreach Team

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Mayaneli is an undergrad for Nutrition and studying to become a dietician. When she is not is studying, she can be seen cooking at a local restaurant or at cooking demonstrations somewhere in town. With a background of the food industry, she feels that combining cooking with food grown sustainably along with nutrition can help conquer chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

Katherine Michalske, Outreach Team

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Katherine is a master's candidate for the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico. She is passionate about food and food justice, and has enjoyed putting her hands in the dirt since a young age. Katherine worked at the non-profit Mandy's Farm to share her passion for sustainable, organic food with adults with developmental disabilities, veterans, students and volunteers. Katherine was born and raised in New Mexico and respects the long agricultural history our land holds.

Agri-cultura Network

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