Garden Teacher/Manager, Site Committee Co-Chair
What a gift it is when life presents a path which brings together the passions of one’s lifetime. Cristina has had a passion for organic gardening, education, animals and farming since early childhood. A native of Santa Cruz County, Cristina grew up immersed in imaginary play and practical work in the forests and fields of the redwoods. She began learning the art of organic/biointensive gardening and raising small animals alongside her mother more than forty years ago. After graduating from local schools, Cristina attended San Francisco State University, where she obtained a BA in English/Linguistics, and then Chico State University and St.Patrick’s Teacher’s College, in Ireland, on the path to receiving single and multiple subject teaching credentials. In addition to teaching, Cristina’s deep curiosity about, and enthusiasm for life, has led to a varied and diverse work life which has included care for the elders, construction, veterinary work, law enforcement, farming and landscaping.
Cristina is a member, and co-President, of the Friends of the UCSC Farm and Garden, co-Chair of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School Site committee, a member of the Biodynamic Association of Northern California, an active participant in TimeBank Santa Cruz, and owns a business dedicated to helping people participate in the cultivation of their landscapes while cultivating a reciprocal relationship with nature. She lives with her son, who is in Mr. Sblendorio’s class, on their neighborhood farm in Bonny Doon, where they enjoy the gift of lifelong learning in the company of chickens, ducks, goats, rabbits, abundant wildlife, a variety of edible and ornamental plants, and the beloved redwoods whose magic first ignited her love of nature. In her “spare” time, Cristina enjoys reading, wood working and wild-crafting, drawing, baking bread, and acknowledging the gift of each new day with her son.