“Gentleness is not weakness—just the opposite. Preserving a gentle spirit in a heartless world takes extraordinary courage, determination, and resilience. Do not underestimate the power of gentleness because gentleness is strength wrapped in peace, and therein lies the power to change the world.” – L.R KNOST
Biography: Cecilia Saavedra (she/her/ella)
I am a Chicanx/Indigenous descent, woman of color —a proud first-generation graduate of Metropolitan Community College and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I have a degree in Horticulture, Land Systems and Management with a concentration in Small Farm Market, Environmental Science with a concentration in Geography & Planning, and a minor in Native American Studies.
My research interests include horticulture, heirloom seeds, sustainable agriculture, community action research, Purepecha history, culture, foodways, and social justice issues. I plan to pursue my graduate education in the near future. My education and experience have allowed me to pursue my passion for helping assist individuals in the community who are suffering from food insecurity by teaching them how to garden and reconnecting with the land. By educating individuals on how to gardens, it empowers the individuals as well as their families. It will provide the individual and their families with the skills, resources, and knowledge to be self-sufficient. During my free time, I enjoy traveling to new places, photography, web development, reading, watching documentaries, volunteering within the community, and working on academic research.