Get to know our small, but mighty GFC family
Rachel's belief in the power of food systems to act as a near 'cure all' for many of our social and environmental challenges started in 2001 on a homestead in upstate New York. On the shores of Lake Masseweepie, food was a source of purpose, community, joy, identity, and stewardship.
Now off the homestead, she has sought out opportunities that weave together community-building, sustainability, and food systems. The Good Food Collective is a near-perfect union of all three. Rachel hopes to find ways for the GFC to address root causes of inequity and poverty, as well as, mitigate climate change and build local resilience.
Rachel Landis - Director
Robert Bogatin - Fruit for Good Social Enterprise Director
Robert joined the Good Food Collective staff in November 2021 to lead the planning and development of social enterprises under our Fruit for Good program. Over the last year Robert has worked with our hospitality industry and several local business organizations as Director of the statewide alliance Resilient Restaurants. Robert is a small business entrepreneur who is committed to developing sustainable and equitable food systems. His experience includes operating a pizzeria / sandwich shop and a large full-service restaurant and bar, training an award-winning organic food product sales team, and achieving state and global recognition for his previous manufacturing company's sustainability management and reporting system.
Alex Brown - food security, Engagement & social enterprise coordinator
Alex joined the GFC as an Americorps VISTA member in July of 2021. Having studied Health Science and concentrating in Public Health, she has always held a passion for building and maintaining healthy communities. Alex believes that the intersection of public health, environmentalism, and nutrition will only strengthen Southwest Colorado's social determinants of health. She aims to develop the GFC's volunteer base, develop existing programs (such as Roots of Health), and help build out new initiatives!
Hallie is currently a graduate student at Prescott College studying Sustainable Food Systems and Business Leadership. Her background in education caters itself to working with people and helping others realize their full potential. Hallie is particularly interested in increasing food literacy and regional soil health. She is excited to work alongside community stakeholders to further develop a strong regional food system.
Hallie Venaglia - Food Security Associate
Ashley lancaster - Montezuma County Gleaning Coordinator
Ashley joined the Good Food Collection in August of 2021. She is a mother of three amazing children and is married to a third generation pinto bean and hay farmer. Their farm resides in Yellow Jacket, CO. In her free time she enjoys hiking, fishing and beekeeping. Ashley is very dedicated to gardening, she loves growing healthy food, along with preserving. She is passionate about food utilization and hates to see food being wasted.
shea curley - the good food collective & Mercy regional medical center roots of health intern
Shea joined the GFC and Mercy Roots of Health team in June 2021. She is from the Navajo Reservation and currently attending Fort Lewis College majoring in Public Health and minoring in Nutrition. She is driven to help provide and take necessary steps to reduce the amount of food insecurity in local communities not only in Colorado, but in the Navajo Nation.
As the Roots of Health Intern, she is helping to build out and implement this three year pilot program that includes an Employee Foodshare Program for Mercy Associates and a Produce Prescription Program for hospital patients to address food insecurity and food access within Mercy Regional Medical Center and throughout the surrounding community
Expanded capacity through americorps
AmeriCorps has played a critical role in expanding our reach throughout the past 3 years. The GFC is supported by both AmeriCorps VISTA members who focus on capacity-building, and an AmeriCorps NCCC team for valuable harvest support.