NMFMA Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
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 Sponholtz
Directs philanthropy of the 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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer, Roadrunner Food Bank
Linda & Mario Rosales
Molino de la Isla Organics LLC
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 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, eventually working as director for international and US-based teams. Her areas of expertise include local food systems, sustainability, nutrition and cooking, and research for co-ops, non-profits, and state agricultural extension services. She 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.
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 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.
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.
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 Mexico’s own growers. When Michael isn’t in the office, he can be found traveling, hiking, and disc golfing.
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.
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.
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.