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NMFMA Board and Staff

Board of directors

Jedrek Lamb

Board Chair

Farmer, Agricultura Network, Bosque Farms

Jedrek Lamb currently farms on family property in Bosque Farms. He participated in the founding of the Albuquerque Northeast Farmers' and Artisans' Market. Jedrek sells his produce at several area markets, serves as a market manager, and has been on the board since 2010. His main priority is to bring recognition to the importance of good food, therefore encouraging people to defend land, water, and self-determination.

Don Emery

Board Vice Chair

Cindy Talamantes

Board Secretary

Manager, Los Alamos Farmers' Market, El Rito

Cindy has served on the NMFMA board of directors for three terms, and has managed the Los Alamos Farmers' Market for the past nine years. She also helped start the Pojoaque Farmers' Market and managed that market for five years. Cindy has been involved in farming for 20 years.

Todd Taylor

Board Treasurer

Ranchline All Natural and Ranchline Agribusiness

Todd and the Taylor family are part of a company that represents some of the finest ranching and farming properties in the country. Todd also was instrumental in establishing a foothold in the New Mexico farmers' market arena by providing all natural lamb and beef directly to New Mexicans. He has been instrumental in developing a new lamb jerky product called "Ch'arki", which is a an all natural, gluten-free and paleo-certified product.

Alma Maquitico

Board Member

Manager, Anthony Youth Farm Learning Center, Anthony

Alma Maquitico is a Popular Education trainer specializing in farming and sustainable agriculture. She currently works with small-scale farmers in southern New Mexico and West Texas by bringing them together to produce, aggregate, and market their goods for neighborhood-scale efforts and institutional wholesale buyers. Her experience is centered on developing models and training curricula to help small-scale growers overcome barriers of scale, means, skill, and language. Alma currently manages the Anthony Youth Farm Learning Center, a small-scale farm incubator in Anthony, New Mexico.

Avery C. Anderson Sponholyz

Board Member

Director of Philanthropy, Globetrotter Foundation and #NoRegrets Initiative 

Avery has a BA from Hamilton College (2003) and a Masters degree from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2008). Prior to joining Globetrotter?s team, she was the president of Impairative LLC, a consulting company dedicated to activating authentic relationships between the people, land and animals in our emergent food system by strategically pairing philanthropy with regenerative opportunities. Avery worked for the Quivira Coalition, a non-profit in New Mexico dedicated to building resilience on Western working landscapes, from 2008 to 2012 as a program director and from 2012 to 2015 as executive director. She was also a founding board member of the National Young Farmers' Coalition.

Loretta Torres

Board Member

Co-Manager, Los Lunas and Bosque Farms Farmers' Markets, Bosque Farms

Adelma Hnasko

Board Member

Joe Phy

Board Member

Chief Operating Officer, Roadrunner Foodbank

Linda & Mario Rosales

Board Member

Rosales Produce


Denise Miller

Executive Director

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.

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Sarah Grant


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.

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Christina Keibler

Engagement Director

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.

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Sarah Lucero

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 husband, young daughter, and two yorkies. Sarah is an avid lover of books and documentaries, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, sewing, and cooking.

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Catherine Baca

Membership Coordinator

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. 

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Michael Venticinque

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.

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Ashley Taylor

Local Food & Farming Program Coordinator

Ashley is originally from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio where she always helped her dad in the family garden. This prompted Ashley to pursue a BA in Zoology and Environmental Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University. She found her love for sustainable agriculture, native plant conservation, rock climbing, and high desert landscapes after moving to Bend, Oregon after college. Soon after, the landscape, culture, and sunshine of New Mexico drew her, her partner, and their pup to relocate once again. In New Mexico Ashley has worked on local farms growing food, and for the conservation corps collecting native seeds for restoration and research projects. She has been balancing a career in sustainable agriculture and conservation since 2013.

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Michael Green

GoodFoodNM Coordinator

Michael is a native New Mexican who is passionate about helping the people of New Mexico. He has worked in education for the past 10 years helping students achieve their academic goals and improve the trajectory of their future. Michael spent several years in urban and rural Spain teaching English to students in the public school system. During his time in Spain he experienced many traditional farming techniques and sustainable agriculture practices. As the GoodFoodNM Coordinator, Michael is excited to provide people with the knowledge they need in order to make healthy food choices and choose New Mexicos own growers. When Michael isnt in the office, he can be found traveling, hiking, and disc golfing.

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Elizabeth Evans

Social Media Manager

Elizabeth is a lifelong creative and storyteller. She grew up in rural Kansas where she earned a BA in English Literature and an AA in Graphic Design. Before moving to Santa Fe in 2014 she ran a letterpress stationery business and wrote and illustrated children's products for the publishing industry. In addition to working with the New Mexico Farmers' Marketing Association, she's a portrait and nature photographer. Elizabeth spends her free time exploring the stunning landscapes of New Mexico hiking or adventuring with her cat. She's excited to bring the social media marketing skills she's learned as a creative business owner over the past decade to help promote and bring a voice to local sustainable farming and the availability of healthy foods in New Mexico.