Marianna was born and raised in the Napa Valley, where growing up she spent much of her time following her Dad in the vineyards, or running through creeks on her Grandparents’ small ranch. As she grew older she began to recognize the disparities that existed in these two worlds, many of them reflected through her own experience as a mixed race self-identified Chicanx. With a desire to learn more about her own heritage, and the intersection of agriculture and food justice, Marianna has since earned a degree in Agriculture, dabbled as a writer and educator for farmer’s markets throughout the Bay Area, and has worked on several ranches in California and Colorado (and is a former New Agrarian Program Apprentice). Marianna is currently an apprentice at TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, California, where her time is spent managing the ranch’s grass-fed beef business, and working with local community members to better understand and address food security needs in the area.
Activating Where You Are: Community Engagement in Rural Spaces