Helga Garcia-Garza , Co-Director of Agri-Cultura Network
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
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.
Katherine Michalske, Outreach Team
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.
Patrick West, Dietitian
I am excited to be part of such an amazing organization that truly gives a blessing to our community. As a Registered Dietitian, licensed in the state of New Mexico, I look forward to adding my expertise and strengthening this network by helping people to empower themselves using one of the oldest medicines on the planet, plants from our own local soil. As an Eating Psychology Coach, I want to help everyone have a healthy relationship with the food in their life. I have worked in community and clinical nutrition settings, so I have seen the failures and successes of our current medical systems and community organizations in keeping each other healthy. We must take a proactive role in our health and overall wellness or we will be destined to rely on a system that primarily manages our conditions and does not seek to heal them.