Who We Are

2016 Blog Contributors

Reyna is a senior majoring in environmental science and minoring in Sustainability Studies. One of her goals is to start a growers’ market in Zuni Pueblo.

Rebekah is a junior at UNM pursuing a degree in Sociology and Sustainability Studies with interests that integrate agricultural practices and community vitality.

Keara is a fourth year UNM student constantly looking for practical ways to live more simply and sustainably.

David is a junior at UNM, majoring in geography and minoring in Sustainability Studies.

Sherilyn is an undergraduate at UNM in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts program with a minor in sustainability studies with concentrations on the community and environmental problems, justice, and solutions here and abroad.

Moya is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Management.

Daniel is an undergraduate senior at the University of New Mexico, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning Design with a minor in Sustainability Studies. With a passion for the outdoors whether it be the natural or built environment, he has future aspirations to work in the field of sustainable urban agriculture and environmental planning.

Nick is an International Studies Major who loves to implement alternative eco-friendly ideas into normal life.

Natasha is pursuing her degree in Communications  and Sustainability Studies at UNM. She has a passion for Mother Nature, dancing, good conversation and good coffee.

Pam is a junior majoring in Environmental Communication and minoring in Sustainability Studies. She is a self-proclaimed “foodie” who is passionate about the planet. 

Dana is a junior at UNM studying Sustainability and International Studies. She enjoys traveling, learning about foreign cultures, making art, and spending time outside in nature.

Joe is a student at UNM, majoring in Geography and minoring in Sustainability Studies. He has been a dot-com business owner for the past 14 years and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.

Brandon is an undergraduate at UNM working towards his B.S. in Environmental Science who also loves playing Ultimate Frisbee.

Jessica is double majoring in Environmental Science and Geography, and minoring in Sustainability. She enjoys being outdoors and traveling any chance she gets.

2015 Blog Contributors
Rachel Abeyta
Rachel is a graphic designer and artist who is studying Art & Ecology and Sustainability at UNM. She loves being in nature any chance she gets and can often be found scaling rocks around New Mexico.

Cati Ambriz
Cati is an Art Studio student also studying Sustainability Studies. She hopes to integrate the two and educate others to ultimately create a world where sustainability and equality are accessible to all people.

Angela Arriaga
Angela is a non-traditional student at UNM, studying Geography and Sustainability Studies. In her spare time she volunteers with non-profit community organizations such as the New Mexico Solar Energy Association and 350.org New Mexico. She is a single mother, and her son Nico is her greatest inspiration for making the world a better place.

Kyle Bality
Kyle is an Environmental Planning and Design Major at UNM. He is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for composting.

Lacey Becenti
Lacey is a junior Communications major with a concentration in Environment and a minor in Sustainability at the University of New Mexico. She is hoping to build a career in extension with the Navajo Nation.

CB Bryan
CB is currently seeking her bachelor’s in Fine Art with a concentration in painting and sculpture. She finds inspiration in bicycle riding, red dirt and quality meals eaten with the people she loves.

Tyler Clayshulte
Tyler is a sophomore and a student of Biology with a minor in Sustainability Studies at UNM.

Bill Cooper
Bill is a senior in the Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico with interests that integrate sustainability practices and future businesses.

Wilmer Detsoi
Wilmer is a senior majoring in Business Management Information Systems, and minoring in Sustainability. He also works full-time doing Bob Barker impersonations and hopes to one day live the dream of hosting The Price Is Right. On a daily basis he encourages others and helps spread the good word of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Melissa Francis
Melissa is an Environmental Communication and Sustainability student who will be graduating this spring. She will be back to her studies at UNM in the fall to pursue a Masters degree though the Department of Communication. Melissa enjoys photography, theatre, and discussing film over a glass of wine.

Heidi Griffin
Currently focusing her studies on the areas of Anthropology and Sustainability, Heidi has a prior degree in Theatre and Film and is also a preschool teacher, a mama and a (com)passionately vegan cook. She hopes to one day open both a cruelty-free bakery and and an animal sanctuary (in different locations).

Keila Gutierrez
Keila is a student of Biology and Sustainability, as well as a lover of travel, dance, languages, and good food.

Higinio Martinez
Higinio is a Biochemistry student who strives for conscious awareness in all aspects of life while exploring the magic of reality.

Divana Olivas
Divana is a senior double majoring in Chicana & Chicano studies and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies. Currently, she is involved in the creation of a community garden at her former elementary school, in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She hopes to continue her community activism in graduate school, and in her free time she enjoys taking naps with her puppy and traveling with her sister.

Ashli Safford
Ashli is a junior at the University of New Mexico. She hopes to inspire people around her to invest in their local economy by shopping locally.

Delaney Tucker
Delaney is a sophomore at UNM, majoring in Business and minoring in Sustainability. She is a member of the UNM cheer team and also enjoys rock climbing and traveling in her spare time.

Russel Verploegh
Russell is a 4th year senior in University Studies, who hopes to use his education in sustainable farming practices from the University of New Mexico to one day operate his own organic farm.

Nathan Williard
Nathan is a sophomore at UNM studying Business and Sustainability. Most of the time you can find him at Taos Ski Valley skiing and coaching skiing. If he is not there, he is out racing and riding single track on his mountain bike. 

Jared Wittmer
Jared is a young biologist with a fondness for Mendelian genetics, cross-breeding, and the taste of green chile.

2014 Blog Contributors
Simon Arnet
Simon is a Computer Science and Sustainability student. Film editing, photography and saxophone are just a few of his areas of interest. He hopes to combine high tech and sustainable practices to better humanity in the future.

Taylor Blueher
Taylor is a senior at UNM.  He will be graduating this semester with a BLA in Environmental Studies, and hopes to pursue a path that leads to the betterment of relationships between humans and the environment.

Felipe Cook
Felipe is a political science student with a background in sustainability studies, and a strong commitment to educating the global audience about sustainable methods of farming.

Zoey Fink
Zoey is an Environmental Science student who spends her time running long distances, climbing rocks, and cooking good food to share with good company.

Tom Geusz
Tom is barefoot botanist, spending time sowing, growing & knowing medicinal and edible plants in addition to his academic studies at UNM.

Mickayla Hodgman
Mickayla is, by day, a student of Conservation Biology and Sustainability, a plant keeper/gardener, an animal activist, a lover of Mother Nature, and an explorer of the path less traveled. She is a crazy cat lady the rest of the time. 

Billy Le
Billy is certified in Eco-village and Permaculture design, and is currently studying Urban Design and Sustainability.

Gordon Loiselle

Anna Maldonado
Anna is an International Studies student with a concentration in Sustainability. She loves harnessing the power of nature for living and healing. In her spare time she enjoys social dancing and hanging out near trees.

Olivia Marin
Olivia is a tree-hugging, earth-loving and nature-cherishing sustainability student at UNM. FoodCorps is a bright possibility in her future, and she hopes to spread the wonderment of gardening on whatever path she chooses.

Anastassia Ryan
Anastassia is an Environmental Science student who aspires to live in a treehouse she built, eating food she grew and raised.

Tyson Ryder
Tyson is a gardener and writer from and living in Albuquerque. He studies English and Sustainability Studies at the University of New Mexico. He can run 1500m in less than 6 minutes, bench press 90kg and plans to race in the Run for the Zoo this May for the first time in 15 years.

Lena Skipper
Lena has an insatiable appetite for learning, especially when it involves food or issues of sustainability. One day she hopes to be a contributor rather than an absorber of information.

Paloma Sanchez
When she’s not traveling and rock climbing, Paloma loves to explore and experience the off-grid lifestyle. 

Tammira Taylor
Tammira is a Geography student and Cartographic Technician with a passion for local food and culture.  

Sean-Paul VonAncken

2013 Blog Contributors
Amy Adams
Amy is a Biology student with a deep interest in both natural and agrarian ecosystems. She hopes to contribute to solutions that will keep these ecosystems balanced and sustainable.

Spencer Atkinson
Spencer is a lover of good food and tasty brews. He is passionate about nature and ecology and is committed to pursuing a healthier, more sustainable planet and future.

Heather Buckley
Heather is a Conservation Biology student who hopes to one day work with endangered animals and biodiversity. She loves to be outdoors and spends her free time practicing yoga, running, and cooking vegetarian food.

Caitlin Campbell
Caitlin is an Environmental Planning & Design student who hopes to find a career in viticulture upon completion of her undergraduate degree.  She is an avid piano player and loves spending time in the outdoors with her dog.

Lydia Difani
Lydia is a history student  whose world revolves around food and cooking. As of the completion of this blog, she is a novice mason.

Lynnea Freer
Lynnea wants to go back to her roots and connect with nature. She strives for sustainable development while enjoying hikes with her dog and the natural gift of the outdoors.

Betsy Fulreader
Betsy is a student at UNM pursuing a self-designed major in Social Equity and Environmental Health. She has always been interested in herbs and is convinced of their healing benefits to our bodies and our earth.

Blair Hudson
Blair is an old guy working on his second life, and he is doing so through sustainable agriculture.

EJ
EJ believes that change can happen with a hand full of seeds, community action and a desire to be sustainable. Her area of interest is in food justice.

Ian Kerstetter
Ian is an artist, cloud watcher, and aspiring urban farmer who is fascinated with the connections between art, culture, and land. He loves green chile so much that he once put it on Pad Thai. It really wasn’t that bad.

Jill Loniewski
Jill is an aspiring agriculturalist whose interests include, but are not limited to, growing and preparing healthy food, reading, collecting records, and window shopping.

Magdalena Manning
While Magdalena Manning is positively in love with Philip K. Dick, Frank Herbert and others like them, she prays that through sustainable practices their fictions will never become our realities.

Robby Medeiros
Robby is an outdoor enthusiast who likes to try new things and believes that life is what you make of it.

Benjamin Mortensen
Benjamin is a outdoor enthusiast with a passion for design and a dream of sustainable living.

Jessica Rowland
Jessica is a climate scientist by training and a lecturer in the UNM Sustainability Studies Program. As an avid backyard gardener and outdoor enthusiast, she supports local foodshed development and low-carbon living.

Takeo Royer
Good food is one of Takeo’s greatest indulgences. He is committed to fusing sustainability and agriculture into his daily routine, and sharing that with the world.

Stephanie VonAncken
Stephanie is currently experimenting in urban agriculture and chicken raising. She is an international business and sustainability studies student, pottery thrower, cyclist, singer and outdoor enthusiast.

Kara Williard
Kara is a community activist, whose lifelong passion for the outdoors is her reason for pursuing sustainable practices and education. She one day hopes to have her own urban farm set up in a food desert.

Seth Wood
Seth was born and raised on a small cattle ranch in the East Mountains. He loves to be outside.

2012 Blog Contributors
Dan Berry
Dan is an obsessed brewer, a sustainability initiate, and a recovering musician.

Keenan Boliek-Poling
Keenan believes that by cultivating a resilient local agriculture we can unlock a path of sustainable living and build a strong sense of community in culturally rich and diverse New Mexico.

Kendra Crooks
Kendra is a Media Arts student; she hopes to live and learn sustainability and share it with the world.

Eva Dellis
Eva loves the outdoors and promotes stewardship of pristine environments to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy earth’s extraordinary ecology.

Garrett Denmark
Garrett is interested in creating more sustainable agriculture and forestry systems within communities, while also focusing on how to accommodate these practices in light of rising human population.

Miriam Diddy
Miriam (Navajo/Hopi) is majoring in Environmental Planning & Design. She seeks to extend access to local food on tribal lands, along with sustainable practices.

Kristiana Dion
Kristiana aspires to be a healer through natural medicine and a teacher of nutrition. She loves to hike and learn about how to live la vida local!

Brandie Erisman
Brandie believes a healthy planet and a vital economy are key factors in human health.

Lisette Infante
Lisette is a Biology student who loves food! Now that she has a child, Lisette wants to make sure the food that her baby gets is healthy and fresh.

Justin Kopickzko-Nunez
Justin is interested in the local agriculture movement in general but is especially focused on livestock; he has several chickens and goats.

Kateri Lopez
Kateri is a geography student who is interested in land and water resource management and hopes to someday continue her family tradition and start her own farm.

Grace Martinez
In hopes of sharing her love for food and health, Grace is constantly searching for new recipes, health tips, gardening ideas, and ways to support local agriculture.

Patrick Nechvatal
As a Business student, Patrick is passionate about all things food: the tastes, the culture and the art. In the future, he hopes to one day his own restaurant where he can make people happy simply by doing what he loves.

Caitlin Pace
Caitlin is an avid sports fan, and envisions “green” sports arenas in a futuristic America.

Hannah Robinson
Hannah is a student in the Sustainability Studies program, where her focus has been on local food and sustainable agriculture. She is looking forward to this year’s LOBO Growers’ Market and to seeing more local food in the UNM area!

Cody Romero
As a Political Science student minoring in Sustainability Studies, Cody is passionate about creating a more sustainable local and global community.

Jessica Rowland
Jessica is a climate scientist by training and a lecturer in the UNM Sustainability Studies Program. As an avid backyard gardener and outdoor enthusiast, she supports local foodshed development and low-carbon living.

Keenan Vincent
As Aldo Leopold said, Keenan is glad he “will not be young in a future without wilderness.”

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