OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ramon Parish (Board Chair)
Ramone is a professor of Environmental Studies at Naropa University. He regularly brings students to Sister Gardens for education and volunteer opportunities. Ramone is a food justice activist as well as an educator and a trainer. He has contributed toward the development of Sister Gardens as an Anti-oppression trainer and we will look to Ramone to continue to work closely with us as we develop our curricula around anti-oppression as well as food justice both inside and outside of the classroom.
René Galindo (Secretary)
I have been an educator forty-one years. I started as a first-grade teacher and learned what it means to be an educator from spending countless days with six and seven year olds. I recall hatching chicks in the classroom as well as working in the school vegetable garden with my students. We ate a salad from the garden before we had cupcakes at our class party. I grew up in Nogales on the US-Mexico border where my family has resided for generations. On the border, my family’s foodways included wild plants such as verdolagas (purslane), quelites (greens), and nopalitos (prickly pear). We also drank refreshing summer beverages made from melon, papaya, jamaica (hibiscus), cebada (barley), or tamarindo. As kids we foraged in the nearby hills for kovenas (wild bulbs), pechitas (mesquite pods) and bellotas (acorns). The borderlands is ranch county and we all had relatives that still lived on ranches in Mexico. I am an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. I currently teach two classes that I developed on topics that define our times. Both classes are centered on equity and social justice. One class is on undocumented immigration and the other is on food justice. The food justice class examines food in the city (food waste, food disparities/iniquities, & food co-ops), urban agriculture, and land ethics. My students and I regularly volunteer at Sisters Garden and Celebration garden during the semester. My connection to Frontline Farms is based on years of working alongside the founders on urban farms and in community events.
Candice Orlando (Treasurer)
Candice is co-owner and principal farmer at Rock n’ Roots Farm in Gunnison, Colorado. Candice is a filmmaker having produced the award-winning documentary with her late mother Lori Joyce. Candice was the founder of Urbiculture Community Farms here in Denver. She was one of the first principal partners of the Cultivate Health grant and built some of the first beds at Sister Gardens. She has a deep knowledge of our mission and the values that inform all of our work. Candice is an experienced farmer who is aware of the pitfalls of both for profit and non-profit farming work, she is a skilled grant writer and we will look to her assistance with fundraising as we go forward.
[Bio coming soon]