Giselle Piburn, Co-host Dandelion Ranch
Giselle is pleased to live Santa Fe, arriving here from her hometown of Hollywood, California 20 years ago. She has spent the last decade teaching environmental education at the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo's community school. She is currently, and has been, a citizen member of the Santa Fe Water Conservation Committee for the past five years. Giselle holds a BFA from UCLA and has been primarily self-employed since 1990, running her own jewelry studio for a decade and for the past 14 years, a property management business. She is proudest however, of her role as mother to a spit-fire 6 year old girl & a creative and vibrant 13 year old boy.
It is Giselle's hope to schedule science study and activities for children at the Dandelion Ranch, focusing on water, in general, and the Rio Grand natural history, in particular. She also sees the Dandelion Ranch providing a structure where teens can start a youth collective, strategizing on entrepreneurial skills and how to make income by services or product they can provide from the garden, such as specialty crops, worm castings, compost etc. She want families to have a place and purpose to come together at the Dandelion Ranch Community Garden.
Dan Piburn - Co-host Dandelion Ranch
Dan grew up in gardens and ranches in Western Colorado, and with Giselle, he has been gardening in Santa Fe since 1994. In a highly corporatized, centralized and chemically-abused food society, Dan has chosen for the past two decades, like others, to explore the challenges and rewards of growing clean, healthy, organic food for his family and friends. The Dandelion Ranch is named so, to cultivate appreciation and respect for the diverse volunteer plants coexisting and contributing to both the garden and the people enjoying its bounty. Located some nine blocks from the Roundhouse in Santa Fe, holding and dreaming an urban setting that is safe, welcoming, healing and a learning oasis around food animals and people of all ages is Dan's sustaining commitment. Also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Public Radio DJ, Dan spends much of his time volunteering in and celebrating the community he lives in.
I like the garden because I get to meet new friends. I like to eat healthy foods right from a plant! And most of all, I like the garden because I like worms.
The garden is a place where I can express myself, learn and have fun.
I can grow food and I especially love harvesting food to eat: tomatoes and kale fresh from the ground, (plus it has a much better taste than store-bought food).
I can jump the bonfire and build fences and sheds! It is also a good feeling to leave the house and technology behind, to go harvest living food I had a part in growing.