Organization: Farmer and Consultant
Cris Izaguirre (He/They) is a farmer, educator, writer, trans, queer Nicaraguan immigrant of Afro-Indigenous descent. He is an old school jaded New Yorker with a big laugh, committed to creating spaces that celebrate the brilliance of Queer & Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color.
For five years he managed an urban farm in Brooklyn, where he taught Black and brown students how to grow food from seed to harvest through a social justice lens. He studied Ecological Horticulture at the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) at UC Santa Cruz, and apprenticed at Ho’oli permaculture farm in Hawaii.
Prior to their work in agriculture, they worked for LGBTQ rights organizations including El/La Para Translatinas, Community United Against Violence and Lambda Legal. Outside of paid work, he has directed and produced community theater shows at WOW Theater Cafe, BAAD, Dixon Place and Galapagos Art Space.
Currently he is a Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing (CoHLI) fellow at the National Collaborative for Health Equity. An alum of the fiction cohort for Roots. Wounds. Words. Writers’ Retreat for storytellers of color. He teaches Propagation for Farm School NYC and is a consultant for Transgender Equity Consulting.