Co-Coordinator, Dr. Martinez is a community-academic, writer, documentarian, activist organizer who has worked at the intersections of social justice, anti-racism and liberation work for over 40 years. Sofia is also a co-founder of Voces Feministas, a women of color radio collective covering politics, art, culture and news highlighting women of color. Originally from northern New Mexico where she is active with Concerned Citizens of Wagon Mound and Mora County.
Co-Coordinator, Richard currently serves as the Co-Chair of the inaugural White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC). Richard has also served on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), where in 1993 he was the first elected Chair. Richard is the Co-Coordinator for Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and national Co-Coordinator of the Environmental Justice & Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform, advocating for stronger, safer, and just chemical policies. He is also Co-Founder and Board Member of Just Transition Alliance and a Board Member of Coming Clean, Inc.
Guardian of the Garden, Julietta is in her second year as a Farmer Apprentice. In her words, "I first came for myself to be connected to my relation to this land and the people, overall I wanted to feel like I was a part of something and I was searching for community. Here I get to be in relation with land and take time to be patient with the land alongside my amazing partner in crime Francine. Together we get to work, learn and grow with the land and within ourselves at Los Jardines."
Guardian of the Garden, Francine is in her second year as a Farmer Apprentice. Beginning 2nd year of hands on work farming full time at LJI. Francine began as a volunteer wanting to learn and contribute to the local food economy.
Environmental and Economic Justice Coordinator, X works on LJIs local, regional and national EEJ organizing with EJHA, Just Transition Alliance, and Coming Clean. His practice consists of popular education, grassroots organizing, community-based research, men and boys and masculinities, restorative justice, worker-owned cooperatives, direct democracy and living a buen vivir. He grew up between a family ranch in southeast New Mexico and family home in the South Valley.
Guardian of the Garden, Erik began farming at LJI recently. He is grateful to the connection the comes forth from the farming at LJI and learning from the people whom known this land for many years.
Los Jardines Institute is about building the social, political, economic, cultural and spiritual power of the people. Our space is known for multigenerational and multicultural gatherings and movement making. We are happy to announce that we are open to host your event or activity! Drop by and see if Los Jardines' indoor and outdoor spaces are a good fit.