Carbon Ranch Initiative

Program Overview

The goal of this program is to build the capacity of producers, land managers, and technical service providers to implement land management practices focused on mitigation of and adaptation to climate change to support and improve local, rural food systems and economies.

We are building capacity through:

  • On-farm soil health workshops that are adaptive, inclusive, locally based and participatory
  • Demonstration projects where producers show producers, technical advisors, and land managers techniques that increase ecosystem resilience in arid and semi arid working lands
  • Research that is participatory and collaborative and results in outcomes that can be applied to working lands
  • Network building in communities to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, techniques, and resources to increase community resilience 
  • Interface and partner with government agencies to leverage state and nationwide efforts with our own for robust, long lasting, widespread impacts on land management

CRI Team

EVA STRICKER

Carbon Ranch Director

Eva is an ecologist with interests in how plant-microbe interactions in soil affect biogeochemical cycling such as nitrogen and carbon. She has a background in curriculum development for learners of all ages and backgrounds, for example through a science communication fellowship with the Explora Museum and a teaching assistantship that built ecology and evolution labs for the University of New Mexico Department of Biology. She has also trained in active listening and mediation as a way of better engaging with collaborators across all backgrounds. Eva was born and raised in New Mexico (weekends spent on a horse on her dad’s property in La Puebla), explored the coasts for college and her masters, and came back to New Mexico for her PhD working with the Sevilleta Long Term Ecological Research Station. In her free time, she enjoys all types of dance, watching Formula 1 car racing, and helping her husband build stuff in the garage.

Eva at quiviracoalition dot org

LEAH POTTER-WEIGHT

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Leah has over a decade of sustainable agricultural experience, working on organic vegetable farms in Michigan, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. She received an M.S. in Agroecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her thesis research focused on racial justice, specifically analyzing how whiteness and racism permeate sustainable agriculture and recommendations for how white-led organizations/ farms can be better anti-racist allies. At the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems in Madison, she coordinated the Fruit and Nut Compass project, supporting diversified fruit and nut farmers. Through The L.A.N.D. Project she worked with two agricultural communities in South Africa conducting community-based participatory development including farm business development, school gardening, rotational grazing, and more. She is new to New Mexico and very excited to learn about the history and current reality of life and land in the Southwest. In her free time she enjoys tracking the moon, being in nature, gardening, reading intersectional feminist literature, writing science fiction, cooking, dancing and singing.

LeahPW at quiviracoalition dot org

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