Alex Pino: Born and raised in Chicago, Alex Pino moved to New Mexico at age 20. After years working unfulfilling jobs and seeking solutions for the industrialized food system he began farming on a rocky Piñon & juniper covered hillside near Santa Fe. Pino now farms four properties from Pecos along the river to La Cienega, growing heirloom garlic on rented, drip-irrigated land. Pino sells at Santa Fe area Farmers’ Markets year round. He organizes farmers through the National Young Farmers Coalition’s local chapter, the Northern NM Young Farmers Alliance, and holds workshops and trainings to help educate next generation farmers.
Allyson Siwik: The Executive Director of the Gila Resources Information Project, Siwik also heads up the Gila Healthy Rivers Program, and serves as Director of the Gila Conservation Coalition. Since 2004 Allyson has served as U.S. Co-Leader of the New Mexico-Chihuahua Rural Task Force under EPA’s U.S.-Mexico Border 2012 Program. She has also served on the Good Neighbor Environmental Board that advises the President and Congress on border environment and infrastructure needs.
Devon Pena: A lifelong activist in the environmental justice and resilient agriculture movements, Dr. Peña is a Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. He also works on his family’s historic acequia farm in San Acacio, Colorado. His most recent books includeMexican Americans and the Environment: Tierra y Vida and The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. Dr. Peña is the Founder and President of The Acequia Institute.
Eric Holt-Gímenez: As the Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, Holt-Gímenez has a longstanding engagement in food and justice issues. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC. Prior, Dr. Holt-Giménez lived and worked in Latin America where he helped organize and train farm leaders in agroecology and a consulted NGOs, government, and foreign aid agencies. His books includes Campesino a Campesino and Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice.
Ian McSweeney: As Director of the Russell Farm and Forest Conservation Foundation, Ian McSweeney works on assisting landowners and farmers through a customized approach to permanent protection of land and soils, secure access and tenure to farmland and sustainable holistic food production. McSweeney participates and consults on a variety of farmland conservation, farmland access and farm and food system initiatives. Ian also sits on the advisory board of Agrarian Trust.
Ildi Carlise-Cummings: Currently acting as Director of Cal Ag Roots at the California Institute for Rural Studies, Ildi has been working on the front lines of the community food systems movement that attempt to shift California agriculture towards sustainability. By studying methods of producing, harvesting, packing and distributing food in her home state of California, she looks at agriculture’s influence on landscapes, community structures and economies.
Kate Levy: A documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist who has exhibited her lens-based work and screened films internationally, Levy has been featured on Democracy Now: The War and Peace Report and CNN. In 2015 she worked with investigative journalist Curt Guyette and the ACLU of Michigan to bring light to the Flint Water Crisis, for which she won the 2016 Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Media Activist Award. She is working on a documentary and citizen journalism archive project about access to affordable water in Michigan and contributes to the We the People Community Research Collaborative. She teaches at Wayne State University.
Kim Stringfellow: An artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California, Stringfellow’s work bridges cultural geography, environmental journalism, public practice and experimental documentary into creative, socially engaged transmedia experiences. Her research and projects explore cultural landscapes and history of place, often addressing environmental repercussions of human interaction, presence and occupation within these spaces. Stringfellow teaches photography and multimedia courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art + Design.
Mary Wood: Specializing in property law, environmental law and federal Indian law, Wood initiated several interdisciplinary research projects, including the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project and the Food Resiliency Project. She is the coauthor of a textbook on natural resources law and another on public trust law, and has also authored many articles and book chapters on the federal Indian trust obligation, wildlife law and climate crisis. Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Oregon School of Law.
Miguel Santistevan: Born and raised in northern New Mexico, his research interests are in the traditional acequia-irrigated and dryland agricultural systems of the Upper Rio Grande and Sangre de Cristo mountains. Santistevan grows a variety of crops on with his family in Taos and coordinates a living seed library program through the Agriculture Implementation, Research, and Education organisation he co-founded. He was elected Mayordomo of the Acequia Sur del Río de Don Fernando de Taos for the 2010-2011 growing season of which he is a parciante.
Rick Prelinger: An archivist, writer, filmmaker and educator, concerned with the future of archives, Prelinger’s collection of 60,000 ephemeral films was acquired by Library of Congress in 2002. Beginning in 2000, he partnered with Internet Archive to make a subset of the Prelinger Collection (now 6,500 films) available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. His archival feature Panorama Ephemera (2004) played in venues around the world, and his new feature project No More Road Trips? received a Creative Capital grant in 2012. He is currently Associate Professor of Film & Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz.
Ruth Breech: As a Senior Campaigner with Rainforest Action Network’s Climate and Energy Team, Breech organizes corporate accountability campaigns and coordinates support to end federal fossil fuel leasing programs. Breech has conducted trainings and supported campaigns with with leaders in 35 US States and 10 international locations including key relationships in India, South Africa and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2009 Healthy School Heroes Award for her leadership in relocating an elementary school in Ohio away from a plastics plant’s cancer causing emissions.
Stanley Crawford: A resident of the Embudo Valley, NM since 1969, Crawford has farmed with his family since the early 1970s, specializing in garlic and selling at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market. During the growing season on their farm is open to the public for Farm Fridays. Crawford is also a novelist and currently has seven novels in print and three works of nonfiction about living in Northern New Mexico, including Mayordomo, which was winner of the 1988 Western States Book Award and the Garlic Testament.
Sylvia Rodriguez: A Professor emerita of anthropology and former director of the Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM, Rodriguez’s research and publications have focused on interethnic relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. She works collaboratively with acequia organizations and researchers on acequia matters and the politics and anthropology of water. Her publications include journal articles and two prize-winning books: The Matachines Dance: Ritual Symbolism and Interethnic Relations in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, and Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place.
Tezozomoc: Coming to the US with his parents during the “Green Revolution” of the 1970s, Tezozomoc was raised in South Central and East Los Angeles where he tended a plot of land at the South Central Farm in Los Angeles. In 2013, Tezozomoc received the Green Growing Award from Natural Resources Defense Council for his work on food justice and sovereignty issues. He works with more than ten LA-area organizations as well as with numerous organizations of indigenous peoples. He is a member of the board of Acequia Institute, a social justice organization for indigenous peoples, and is president of South Central Farmers Health and Education Fund (SCFHEF).