Santa Fe Extension Master Gardener Edition, with Alexa Bradford and Christine Salem                            

Alexa Bradford is a recent transplant to New Mexico from Texas, where she worked in corporate finance, and new Master Gardener. She brings a fresh eye and great enthusiasm to her producing and interviewing  roles on the Garden Journal. In addition, Alexa produces and hosts a podcast Jubilation: From Work Life to the Rest of Your Life. 





Christine Salem moved to Santa Fe from New England where pretty much everything grows. A lifelong gardener, she killed a shocking number of plants in her Santa Fe garden before she becoming a Master Gardener in 2010. Her passions are native plants, heritage grains, and seed sovereignty. She is retired from a career in print and digital media — including at Horticulture Magazine in Boston.


Tom Dominguez: Santa Fe County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources

Tom Dominguez
(photo by Darren Phillips)

Tom Dominguez is the County Extension Agent – Agriculture/ Natural Resources for Santa Fe County since 2014. Tom is responsible for organization, development, and teaching of agricultural and community development programs for the citizens of Santa Fe County. Previously he held the same position in Quay and then Otero counties.

Tom holds a Master of Agriculture Education and, Bachelor of Science Animal Science, and Associate of Applied Science Technology from Sul Ross State University where he is Associate Professor.

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.

Slow Food Santa Fe with Lissa Johnson and Nina Rosenberg 

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 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.

Home Grown New Mexico edition with 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