Our Devoted Staff Team
During her college career at UC Berkeley, she helped start a food co-op (the “Local”) for students, faculty and community members on campus. Since 2007 she has been involved in local farmers’ markets and has worked on a small organic farm run by one of the first migrant Latina farmworker-turned-owner women in the Central Valley. After graduating in 2009 with a B.S. in Conservation and Natural Resources, Michelle traveled to La Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca, Mexico for a research project under Dr. Miguel Altieri on native corn varieties. She lived and worked for five months with a local <em>campesino-a-campesino</em>-affiliated organization of indigenous farmers where she learned how to farm with zero irrigation. In 2011, Michelle <a href=”https://mesaprogram.org/spotlight-our-successful-peru-program/”>spent a month in Peru</a>, traveling the country to meet MESA Steward alumni, forge new relationships, and visit exciting community projects. Michelle loves working with MESA and incorporating her experiences to promote sustainable agriculture and to encourage farming and cultural exchange.
Michelle has been on board with MESA since 2010 and has taken on projects ranging from graphics and web design to donor cultivation and event planning. She’s always looking for a challenge at work and beyond—some of her current projects include raising a bilingual (at least!) 2-year-old along with her hardworking and dedicated partner, and trying to maintain three of her neighborhood’s gardens.
Natalia immigrated to the US from Colombia at a young age. She comes from a lineage of software developers and agriculure enthusiasts. She’s blessed to be able to combine these two interests at MESA; where her respect for agroecology need not be held back. As secretary of theLatinamerican Scientific Society of Agroecology she frequently looks for ways to integrate agroecology research & education into MESA’s work.
Kate is excited to be at MESA, combining her interest in critical ecopedagogy and agroecology in her work on the online curriculum in Applied Application. She’s incorporating her love of farm-based learning while helping with planning process for the Bay Area Urban Farming Training Program, and dabbles in social media and communication for MESA!
Ana is originally from Colombia, single-mother of a teenager, recent immigrant to the USA and has a deep love and admiration for ancient cultures and indigenous cosmovisions. She has extensive experience teaching agroecology to people of different socio-cultural backgrounds, ages, and genders.