NMFMA Board of Directors

Jedrek Lamb

Board Chair

Farmer, Agricultura Network, Bosque Farms

Jedrek Lamb currently farms on family property in Bosque Farms with his amazing wife, Kimberly. 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

I have served on the NMFMA board of directors for three terms and have managed the Los Alamos Farmers’ Market for the past nine years. I also helped start the Pojoaque Farmers’ Market and managed that market for five years. I’ve been involved in farming for 20 years.

Nadine Ulibarri-Keller

Board Member

Farmer and retired Health Promotion Specialist, New Mexico Department of Health

Loretta Torres

Board Member

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

Loretta was raised on a small farm in Nebraska; by the time she was 10, her family was raising vegetables on a three-acre farm with bees, chickens, pigs, sheep, and the occasional calf. In 2006 she joined the Valencia County Master Gardener program and two years later the extension agent asked her help to start the Los Lunas Farmers’ Market; it was through the efforts of starting the market that she discovered the NMFMA. Joining the Board was just another step in her attempt to learn more and spread the word.

Joe Phy

Board Member

Todd Taylor

Board Member

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.

Robert Hoberg

Board Member

Local Business Advocate

Robert has been a community organizer, entrepreneur, and wellness advocate for almost 15 years. He specializes in local food systems and has varied experiences, including managing the Downtown Growers' Market, cooking daily for 400+ ex-addicts in San Francisco, working with acres of hazelnuts in Oregon, to throwing pop-up dinners and events focused on collaborative creativity and nourishment. Currently, Robert is working on his new business, Zocaloca, an online platform for connecting people to what's made where they live, and the stories that come with it.

Daniel Samuel

Board Member

Farmers' Market Coordinator, Santo Domingo

Raised as a farmer and rancher in Santo Domingo Pueblo, Daniel raised cattle, horses, and multi acre fields of vegetables and forage crops. As a farmer and rancher he is passionate about growing healthier food and sustaining an ever shrinking historical tradition of farming throughout native communities. In 2016 Daniel took on the task of being the Farmers' Market Coordinator in Santo Domingo to manage the market and serve as an advocate for the local farmers in the community. Daniel is a proud father or three boys and two girls to whom he teaches the importance of traditional farming and sustaining their culture.

John E. Rose

Board Member

Farmer

John is a retired materials consultant who has been farming for six years and sold his produce at the Edgewood and Cedar Crest farmers' markets. His goal and hope is to engage small and hobby farmers, and to encourage them to sell their produce at local farmers' markets. He was elected to the Board in 2016.

NMFMA Staff

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.

Sarah Grant

Co-Founder

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 Keibler

Engagement Director

Christina has a varied background, including 20 years' worth of experience working as a horticulturist, ecologist, and expert in food and culture. She worked on an organic farm when she lived in Kansas, and has degrees in horticulture, ecology, and cultural anthropology. Her areas of expertise include local food systems, sustainability, farming, cooking, and outreach for food co-ops, agricultural extension services, government agencies, and non-profits. Christina is also a writer and was an Associate Editor for Mother Earth News magazine. She adores New Mexico and is committed to its people and the work of the NMFMA. Christina is also a local fiber artist and makes soap as her fantastic dog, River, looks on.

Sarah Lucero

Program Specialist

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.

Lynne Whitbeck

Farmer Liaison

Lynne has worked in food and farming since 2005. She started off as a farm apprentice on an organic farm in Washington state and went on to manage farms in Oregon and Hawaii. After getting a degree in anthropology, she traveled the globe to better understand how people connect to their natural environments. Lynne moved to New Mexico in 2010 and pursued another passion: horses. Since then, she and her horse Helios work at the challenging and rewarding task of interspecies communication. Lynne is inspired by good food, community, time spent in nature, and independent films.

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 twelve years Catherine has explored many roles focusing on land health and conservation. Some of her local work includes overseeing a grass bank and grass-fed beef operation, and managing grants for land restoration projects in New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Colorado. For the Navajo Nation, Catherine coordinated Chapter members and managed an annual conference focused on growing and selling food. Catherine lives in Agua Fría Village where she experiences the cultures and traditions with which she grew up.