Thelma Velez, PhD (she/her/hers) is OFRF’s Analysis & Schooling Program Supervisor. Thelma joined Natural Farming Analysis Basis in 2021 and brings over 12 years of expertise in natural agriculture and sustainable meals techniques to the group.
When she isn’t working, Thelma enjoys cooking and baking, mountaineering, and making artwork. She resides in Florida along with her household and canine Mocha (a Boykin Spaniel and Lab combine), and visiting the Everglades Nationwide Park (each pictured proper).
Inform us about your self.
I’m a inventive downside solver.
I like to cook dinner and make issues with my fingers.
I’m a Latina of Afro-Caribbean and Indigenous descent.
Why do you care about natural farming and/or natural analysis?
My mom uncovered me to natural meals within the early 90’s. When my buddies have been out consuming quick meals, my mom was insistent on feeding us wholesome and natural salads, legumes, and residential cooked meals. By the point natural grew to become a well being fad, I used to be already attuned to the deeper worth of natural farming for the good thing about the atmosphere and our many ecosystems. I select natural for the planet, not only for my well being.
Who’s your farming, analysis and/or meals hero – and why?
My farming and food-system hero is Leah Penniman, the founder and co-Director of Soul Fireplace Farm and creator of Farming Whereas Black. Leah is a pioneer, a visionary, and a doer, and I discover her tenacity and drive inspiring. The mission and work being accomplished at Soul Fireplace Farm is honorable and simply, and to prime all of it off, she is a sort and compassionate human with a stellar smile.
What are you enthusiastic about engaged on at OFRF?
By way of tasks, I’m enthusiastic about working to develop academic and analysis supplies that assist us assist farmers. I get pleasure from working at OFRF as a result of I see worth within the work that we do with farming communities throughout the nation. I’m additionally excited to work on methods to raised interact various audiences and assist BIPOC farmers and researchers.
The rest you’d wish to share?
I actually respect (and like) your entire OFRF staff. Our workers is nice!