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Our Team

Jan Derecho

Executive Director
jan at eco-farm.org

Jan brings extensive experience in financial and non-profit organization management, having worked in commercial lending and bank management for regional and community banks in Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz, and later the Santa Cruz Symphony as Executive Director for several years. Jan’s devotion to health and nutrition as well eating the food she grows in her own garden brings her great joy and appreciation for the work of farmers and of EcoFarm. She has served on the board of directors of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the Santa Cruz Symphony and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ACSO) and lends her voice (literally) to the Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus and Cantiamo Cabrillo and is an active member of the Santa Cruz Rotary Club.

Gabi Salazar

Program Manager
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Gabi is passionate about working with community to protect and build sustainable agricultural systems that balance the needs of farmers, ranchers, eaters, and of our diverse natural ecosystems. She fell in love with the EcoFarm Conference while doing work trade in 2015, and was thrilled to join the crew shortly afterwards. Gabi grew up appreciating the outdoors and helping on her family's beef cattle ranch in West Virginia. Before moving to California as an apprentice with Soil Born Farms in 2014, Gabi worked in the Dominican Republic, Morocco, and Haiti. She studied International Agriculture and Applied Economics at Cornell and speaks Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole.

Deborah Yashar

Marketing & Communications Director
deborah at eco-farm.org

Deborah has been an EcoFarm junkie since 2003 and worked here since 2013. When she's not leveraging communications to advance ecological agriculture she is with her son in tow. Bilingual in Spanish and Portuguese, Deborah has worked with the Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA), Community Agroecology Network (CAN), and Awe Sum Organics. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets and has served on the California Department of Food & Agriculture's Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee and the California Food & Justice Coalition.

Jennifer Aguilera

Office Administrator

jennifer at eco-farm.org

Jennifer is a native Californian currently residing in Watsonville. Prior to joining EcoFarm in 2018, Jennifer worked in operations for the finance industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and being outdoors. Jennifer speaks both English and Spanish.

Dina Izzo

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Manager
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Dina has been involved with EcoFarm in some capacity for the past thirty years. She served on the Board of Directors for ten years and has been part of the planning committee for twenty five years. Dina is the founder of BluDog Consulting, a company that teaches beginning farmers basic marketing and sales techniques both one on one an in a classroom setting. Clients include Multicultural Exchange of Sustainable Agriculure (MESA), Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), Center for Land-Based Learning, and a host of farmers and businesses.

Isabelle Jenniches

Scholarship Program & Work Trade Coordinator
isabelle at eco-farm.org

Isabelle has worked with EcoFarm since 2012, wearing many hats – from admin to development and programs. She represents the organization on the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) and established the regenerative agriculture initiative at EcoFarm. Having studied organic food production, permaculture and business aspects of horticulture at Cabrillo College in Aptos, Isabelle put this knowledge into practice in her garden, as freelance landscaper and at Casalegno Family Farm in Soquel. After relocating to Santa Fe, New Mexico in May 2018, Isabelle has become EcoFarm's first employee to regularly telecommute. In addition, she is working at the renowned nursery Plants of the Southwest and volunteering with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden and the Railyard Park Conservancy.

Erin Foley

Communications Coordinator
communications at eco-farm.org

Erin first became interested in sustainable agriculture through working on the campus farm and gardens as a student at UC Santa Cruz. She has since worked at several Santa Cruz farms and gardens, and has visited and volunteered at farms in other regions as well, from a dairy farm in Switzerland to a banana and coffee farm in Costa Rica, as a way to explore her interest in the field. As Communications Coordinator at EcoFarm, Erin enjoys integrating her educational background in literature with her work experience and interest in sustainable agriculture as a way to help promote the amazingly diverse variety of food grown and made sustainably in our area!

Andrew Webb

Food Procurement & Special Events Coordinator
andrew at eco-farm.org

Andrew Webb has more than ten years experience in the culinary world, and has been implemental in facilitating the opening of several restaurants in Southern California. He is passionate about bringing nutritious food to the community, and promoting positive social change. His past experiences also include being involved in community group organizations like counsel training at the Ojai Foundation, starting a non-profit urban gardening group, and working with outdoor education programs in the Santa Barbara area. He is very excited to be applying the knowledge he has gained thus far, and to continue learning and growing with EcoFarm! 

 

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