Denise has been with the NMFMA since 2005. A Chicago native, she spent every vacation of her youth at her grandfather's farm in Harvard, Illinois, falling in love with nature, fresh farm food, and quiet country roads. After many years in promotional and brand marketing for companies of all sizes as well as non-profits, Denise took a brief detour into education and taught part-time at several Santa Fe middle and high schools. She then hightailed it back to marketing something close to her heart - fresh, locally grown food. Cooking for three hungry teenagers at home keeps her culinary skills sharp, and proves real-world inspiration her her long-running Albuquerque Journal column. She enjoys every aspect of supporting New Mexico's sustainability-minded farmers, ranchers, and food producers, and is grateful for the knowledge and spirit these individuals regularly share with her.
Sarah has been involved in small-scale sustainable agriculture in Northern New Mexico since 1982. In 1991, she was a start up member of the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission, New Mexico's organic certification program. In 1994, she helped establish the NMFMA to assist communities around the state interested in starting farmers' markets. Sarah served as a member of the board of directors of the Santa Fe Farmers' Market from 1990-2002. In 2009, she graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College and presently splits her time between work with the NMFMA and her acupuncture practice.
Christina has 20 years' worth of experience working as a horticulturist, ecologist, and researcher of food and culture. Her areas of expertise include local food systems, sustainability, farming, cooking, and outreach for co-ops, non-profits, and state agricultural extension services. She also cut her teeth farming on an organic farm in Kansas, and researching diseases in Illinois cornfields. She holds a BS in horticulture, an MS in ecology, and an MA in cultural anthropology (focused on food and agriculture). Christina is also a writer and was an associate editor at Mother Earth News magazine. She adores New Mexico and is committed to its people and the work of the NMFMA. In her spare time, Christina makes fiber art as her dog and cat look on.
Double Up Food Bucks Program Manager
Sarah has been an enthusiast of local, sustainable agriculture for many years and is excited to become more involved in the community. She has an AA in General Studies and a Certificate of Completion as a Film Technician from CNM. She currently lives in Albuquerque with her daughter and two yorkies. Sarah is an avid lover of books and documentaries, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, sewing, and cooking.
Catherine is a Santa Fe native with deep roots in the community, serving on several boards in the area. Over the past 12 years she has focused on land health and conservation. Some of her work includes overseeing a grass bank and grass-fed beef operation, and managing grants for land restoration projects in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. For the Navajo Nation, Catherine coordinated Chapter members and managed an annual conference focused on growing and selling food. She lives in Agua Fria Village in the cultures and traditions with which she grew up.
Value Chain Coordinator
Michael has been in the produce and grocery business for almost 20 years. He has worked as a department manager and area supervisor overseeing three states and 24 stores. Michael now travels New Mexico making connections between farmers and sales outlets in the state. He is passionate about what he does and strongly believes in local food and farming.