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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.

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.

Rosemary Romero

Board Member

Rosemary Romero Consulting

Rosemary has been involved with NMFMA when the organization was formalizing their nonprofit status and facilitated numerous board retreats. Rosemary is the former President of Western Network a non-profit organization that developed an extensive practice centered on conflict resolution specific to natural resource issues such as water planning and land use planning. She completed four years as an elected City of Santa Fe Councilor and is a former member of the Planning Commission. 

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.

Adelma Hnasko

Board Member

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Resolana Farms

Adelma is trained as an educational anthropologist, receiving her bachelors in Social Anthropology at Stanford University and her masters from Stanford's School of Education. Adelma oversees her family‘s two ranches and is a parciante on a traditional acequia water system at Resolana Farms, and directs New Mexico First Crop Commons. She also co-directed and taught the Stanford Linguistics and Urban Studies course, Language and Youth Culture and served as a Field Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Bryce Townsend

Board Member

Farmer, Pueblo of San Felipe 

Bryce is a farmer from the Pueblo of San Felipe, growing a variety of organic produce that he sells at the Albuquerque Downtown Growers' Market, and the San Felipe Pueblo Farmers' Market in order to provide his community with local access to fresh produce. He also serves on an advisory board for an infrastructure grant program being offered by a collaboration between the NMFMA and New Mexico Acequia Association, on a review committee for applications to the master's program for Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico, and oversees a grant program for the San Felipe Pueblo that includes the implementation of a young farmer mentorship program.

Carol Horwitz

Board Member

Farmer, White Duck Farm

Carol has a small farm in Ribera where she raises goats, chickens, ducks, honeybees, and three hoop houses' worth of salad mix that she sells at farmers' markets; she has been a vendor at the Eldorado Farmers' Market for five years and at the Tri County Farmers' Market for 10 years. Carol has also been serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Tri County Farmers' Market for the past five years. Carol facilitates the New Mexico Beekeepers Association Level 1 (beginning) Beekeepers Certification Program.

Joe Phy

Board Member

Chief Operating Officer, Roadrunner Foodbank

Joe has several years' experience serving local food and farming initiatives in New Mexico, first as cooperative operations and support officer at La Montanita Coop, and now as chief operating officer at Roadrunner Food Bank. Joe is passionate about local food, food justice, and making sure the state's farmers receive proper compensation for the food they grow and raise.

Linda & Mario Rosales

Board Member

Rosales Produce

Mario and Linda farm in Lemitar, New Mexico and grow 60 to 75 acres of chile, vegetables, and melons. They started out selling at the farmers' market, and then at their own farm stands. They also sell their produce to Magdalena schools and senior center in Socorro.

Ralph Vigil 

Board Member

Molino de la Isla Organics

As an 8th generation acequia farmer from East Pecos and Chair of the New Mexico Acequia Commission, Ralph Vigil's passion lies in the defense of acequia traditions and culture. Ralph is also the owner of Molino de la Isla Organics LLC, a small certified organic farm specializing in traditional and acequia agriculture focusing on Farm to School, CSA, and Farmers' Market sales. It is his primary goal to defend land and water through organic agriculture by utilizing our centuries-old acequia systems to demonstrate their ability to economically sustain our communities and aid in physical and emotional well-being. 


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 Thompson

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.

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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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Alison Penn

Communications Administrator

Alison is a writer, editor, and visual storyteller, who considers all of the Land of Enchantment to be home. She is currently based in Las Cruces, NM. Working as a journalist and photographer at Roswell Daily Record set the foundation for her passion for communications and creating community connections. Her love for local food began with helping her grandmothers in their gardens and kitchens to feed her large family in the mountains of High Rolls, NM, and continued as she migrated north. In 2012, she graduated in the inaugural class, with a concentration in visual art, from New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe and continued her education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Outside of work, she can be found exploring food, art, and culture scenes.

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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.

Kirsten Hansen

FreshRx Program Coordinator

Kirsten has lived in and loved New Mexico for more than 20 years. Her passion has always been teaching, and she spent many years home schooling her children in Santa Fe. To stay connected with the greater community, she volunteered at several local non-profits while her children were young. Now, she is putting some of those teaching and organizational skills to good use promoting New Mexico’s farmers’ markets and helping reduce food insecurity in our state. She holds a BA from Williams College in Massachusetts and considers herself a life-long learner. If she doesn’t have her nose in a book, chances are you will find her in the garden out back, struggling to make beautiful things grow with the dubious help of three pups.

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Sophia Rose

Farmer Programs Coordinator

Sophia credits her upbringing to her deep connection with nature and passion for local food — two motivators that brought her to New Mexico. Growing up in her parents’ farm-to-table restaurant was her first exposure to the powerful effect food can have in bringing people from all walks of life together. In 2019, Sophia graduated from Bard College in Upstate New York with a joint degree in Anthropology and Environmental Science and a focus in Food Systems. For her thesis work, she studied artisanal cheese production in French-speaking Switzerland. She is excited to bring her systems thinking perspective and desire to be of greater service to New Mexico’s farmers, ranchers, and food producers to her work at the NMFMA. In her spare time, Sophia enjoys dancing around her kitchen, cooking, gardening, hiking, and podcasting.

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