Staff

Jennifer Vazquez

Jen has been farming for almost 20 years: from owning her own pasture-based livestock farm, to managing mid-sized organic fruit and vegetable operations with agri-tourism and event businesses. Her background is in community organizing, farm-based education, Indigenous knowledge and food

Héktor Calderón

Héktor Calderón was born in Mexico City; eventually his family immigrated north to Orange County, originally known as Tongva and Acjachemen lands, located in Southern California. He received a B.A. from San Diego State in International Business with an emphasis

Lotanna Obodozie

Lotanna is passionate about creating a more just and sustainable food system and joins Young Farmers with a background in climate advocacy, environmental justice, and community development. Prior to leading Young Farmers’ climate change work, Lotanna worked at the Center

Luis Medina

Luis joins Young Farmers with a background in nonprofit financial management and food systems. Previously, he managed operations and finance at Edible Schoolyard NYC and most recently served as a senior consultant with Nonprofit Finance Fund. Luis teaches undergraduate courses

Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick

Connie is a native Peruvian womxn based in Lawrence, Kansas. She has worked as a seasonal farmer assistant and harvester for ten years in eastern Kansas. Some of her collaborative work includes the development of “The Douglas County Food System

SJ Brekosky

SJ is a farmer, florist, and freelance artist with a graphic design practice dedicated to actualizing the visions of nonprofits, small businesses, farmers, artists, and organizers. Their passion for design is deeply rooted in the power of visual communication as

Silas Jones

Silas joins the Coalition with five seasons of experience in the backcountry and on sustainable farms in the Pacitic Northwest and Southwest. Their subsequent work building community partnerships and programming for agriculture and arts nonprofits grew from these formative years

Carolina Mueller

Carolina is a tenacious food systems practitioner with a decade of hands-on experience, including leadership at the Central Texas Young Farmers chapter. From working in foodservice, to nonprofits and farms, she is passionate about bridging big-picture policy and people’s lived

Olivia Cleveland

Farming has been in Olivia’s family for many generations and influences nearly every part of her life now. From her values, her relationship to the land, and the investment she holds in the community’s future, farming has become much more

Anita Adalja

Anita joins Young Farmers with a wide range of food system work including farming for 10 years in VA, PA, NY, DC, CA, and New Mexico, managing production and distribution at a cooperative food hub, developing curriculum and training for

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