Christine Salem: SF Extension Master Gardeners:

With over 40 years in the garden, Christine has worked in print and digital media — including at Horticulture Magazine in Boston–her entire career. Christine moved to Santa Fe from New England where pretty much everything grows. After killing a shocking number of plants in her Santa Fe garden, she became a Master Gardener in 2010. Her passions are native plants, heritage grains, and seed sovereignty.

Carrie Core: Food, Farms & Friends/Soil Stories

Carrie Core has been a long time advocate for healthy food and farms and has hosted and produced community radio programming for over a decade. From her days as a child exploring in her grandmother’s backyard garden in South Carolina trying to avoid “that big mean rooster,” to receiving a certification in organic and sustainable agriculture she has been adamant about her belief in the power of food to create community. She says one of the things that brings her great joy is watching a seed burst through the soil.

Lissa Johnson and Nina Rosenberg: Slow Food Santa Fe

Lissa Johnson (left) expresses her interests in gardening and food – growing and cooking – through volunteering with the Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners and as a board member of the local Slow Food Santa Fe chapter, co-organizing events along with Nina. She is a regular shopper at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market and takes every opportunity to encourage others to do the same!  

Nina Rosenberg (right) first fell in love with northern New Mexico when she visited in the early 1980s and feels incredibly fortunate to currently call Santa Fe home. She is an active board member of Slow Food Santa Fe where she partners with Lissa to organize local chapter activities that promote celebrating and learning about food traditions and issues. A perfect Saturday includes an early morning visit to Santa Fe’s Farmers’ Market and many hours cooking and baking. Someday she will do more than talk about starting a vegetable and herb garden.

Jannine Cabossel

Known as The Tomato Lady, Jannine is an expert vegetable gardener who loves to share her hard-won expertise with others. She blogs at