OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
Michelle currently is Director of Climate Justice, Just Transition Collaborative CU Engage School of Education. Michele is a connector who leverages her community and institutional relationships to create amazing opportunities for dialogue amongst people from diverse backgrounds. She is an educator, and along with her husband Ramone Parish, is a talented facilitator specifically related to issues of justice and racial equity.We will look to Michelle to help us develop and hopefully make more regular our anti-oppression and anti-racism trainings, the connections between sustainability and social justice while working with students and partners to reduce the university’s climate footprint through innovative projects, programs and events.
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.
Glen is the head chef of Bon Appetite at Regis University. Glen runs a significant food based operation as head chef of Bon Appetite where he balances the challenges of sourcing locally while working to build relationships with farmers. He is committed to all of this while operating s in a high volume food preparation environment. We will look to Glen for his business insight as well as his understanding of food distribution and preparation within the context of the larger food system.
Mike is an educator, entrepreneur, permaculture designer and music artist, who shares his dedication for social and environmental justice through cultural arts empowerment and regenerative practices, including natural building, permaculture design, music sound culture, and entrepreneurship. Mike has been actively cultivating a sense of community wherever he goes for over a decade as a Hiphop Cultural Arts Ambassador & Performer, and Co-Founder of Regenerative Lifestyles, a company offering social & ecologically sound design/consult services and educational opportunities in alignment with solution based living. Mike has supported the gardens since the beginning as a spoken word artist and mc of events, as a peramaulture bio-design specialist, as a community activist, and as a financial advisor who works on building individual and community wealth.
Tamara currently works as the program and Volunteer Coordinator for Davita Villages’ charitable wing Bridge of Life which seeks to bring emergency medical services to those most in need. Most of her career has been spent working with Habitat for Humanity International as the Global engagement Officer and later Trip Engagement specialist organizing and implementing family friendly donor engagement trips. Tamara worked with Groundwork Denver as the Development Director and helped with fundraising money for farm programs and worked closely with Fatuma on event planning and engaging with individual donors.
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.
Cisco (he, his) founded and published two positive barrio youth-oriented magazines and founded the non-profit organization Barrio Warriors de Aztlan which dealt with Chicano issues in the political sphere.
Cisco is currently the Program Director of the Gang Rescue and Support Project (GRASP). GRASP is a non-profit gang-intervention and leadership project that works with Denver-area youth involved in the gang lifestyle. He has also spoken at national and international conferences. He serves in advisory and consultative roles throughout the nation has been active in the Denver area for over 26 years.