OUR FULL TIME STAFF
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Fatuma Emmad is the co founder of FLF, and the owner and operator of Bountiful By Design, a sustainable high-end landscape company. She is also an affiliate Professor at Regis University in the Community Food Systems minor. Fatuma was born in Denver and raised in Denver and Ethiopia. Fatuma has worked farming organic and heirloom vegetables on her own acreage as part of a land co-op, setting up farms for restaurants, and as farm manager for multi acre community farms in Milwaukee and Denver. Fatuma is currently entering her tenth year as a farm manager or farm operations director. Before becoming a farmer, Fatuma was a political scientist who engaged in issues affecting marginalized farming communities such as the push for genetically modified seeds across Sub-Saharan Africa. She believes in resistance by the world’s land caretakers to single solutions for crop productivity and seeks to work on re-framing ideas of food security. Fatuma has been certified and teaching yoga since 2004 and is a graduate of the Center for Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Santa Cruz. She currently serves as a Mayor appointed Member of the Sustainable Food Council for the City of Denver, a co-chair for the City’s Good Food Purchasing Policy Group, and is a selected fellow for Transformational Leaders for Change.
Co-Founder and Director of Center for Food Justice and Healthy Communities
Damien Thompson, PhD is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Criminal Justice at Regis University. In addition to his training in anthropology, Dr. Thompson also holds a certification in Permaculture Design, an Advanced Permaculture Design certification and a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification. His interests center on the building of community food systems, small scale urban food production, developing community and cultural practices related to food and medicine, teaching and learning in education and permaculture as one method related to how to pursue those interests. Specifically Dr. Thompson is interested in how communities can utilize traditional and modern information and practices to build food systems which uplift marginalized and oppressed peoples, restore ecosystems, build biodiversity, support cultural diversity as well as provide individuals and families with the highest level of access to the means to support their own health. Damien is a Mayor- appointed member of the Sustainable Food Council for the City of Denver, and a co-chair for the city’s Good Food Purchasing policy group.
Director of Farm Education, and Farm Operations at Majestic View Farm
Abigail Wagner is a Chicago native, who came to Colorado five years ago to attend Regis University. While in her second year at Regis, she took a permaculture class with Dr. Damien Thompson and found her passion. Abbi graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology and a double minor in Chemistry and Community Food Systems in 2018. She was a part of the first cohort of the farm based minor program facilitated by Dr. Thompson and Fatuma Emmad. During her minor she created an independent study as a garden based educator, where she taught kids at the local Elementary School the importance of cultivating their own food through hands-on experience. Studying food justice in depth during her time at Regis inspired her to accept a farming position with Groundwork Denver. During that time she was responsible for two house gardens, Columbian Elementary student education and facilitating their Learning Garden. She also aided in growing and maintaining the produce in our Healing Foods Program. With Frontline, Abby will be managing our Majestic View land for the upcoming 2019 season while she completes her certification as an Herbalist from Herbalism Roots.
Director of Volunteer Outreach and Farm Market Coordination
Veronica Lewis is in her last semester at Regis University. She plans to get her bachelor’s in May 2019 with a degree in Chinese Language, and minors in Community Food Systems and Anthropology. Veronica was a part of the first Community Food Systems cohort her first year with Regis, and has worked at Sister Gardens for the past four years in different capacities. She is passionate about community involvement with the farm, accessibility to our produce and products, and animal husbandry practices.