Cris completed the Ecological Horticulture Apprenticeship at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems in Santa Cruz, California (the same training program as our previous, Farm Manager, Silvia Torres!). Previously, Cris worked on permaculture and Native Hawaiian farms on the Big Island of Hawaii, while also assisting elementary school gardening classes at Honaunau Elementary School. Having worked part-time as a Farm Assistant pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy at KCC Urban Farm, Cris feels like they are returning to their farming home.
Cris immigrated with their family as a child from Nicaragua and grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Seeing first-hand the impact of food insecurity & structural racism in their Brooklyn community has made Cris keenly aware of the necessity to address intersections of race, class, gender & food sovereignty within low income & communities of color. Cris has worked for LGBTQ rights organizations including Lambda Legal, El/La Paratranslatinas & CUAV (Community United Against Violence) both as direct service staff and in program coordination. Cris believes that in order to address root causes of violence /discrimination, people’s basic needs such as shelter & food must be met.
Cris also loves feeding people, teaching people how to grow their own food and seeing the joy in their faces when they taste a tomato they grew themselves. WELCOME CRIS!!!