Ciara Low

Co-FOUNDER & Co-director

Ciara leads UpRoot's efforts along the Western Slope and has a keen interest in understanding the mechanisms of advocacy and collaboration that are most effective in bringing about change in food policy. She was the Volunteer Coordinator for both Feeding the 5000 Front Range and Feeding the 5000 L.A. and was a Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Fellow (RMFU) for 2017. Ciara is currently a delegate to the National Farmers Union, and holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Policy from Brown University.



David Laskarzewski

Co-FOUNDER & Co-director

Dave was on the organizing team for Feeding the 5000 Front Range and is co-organizer of Food-1-1, a statewide coalition working to reduce food waste in Colorado. Before helping to organize UpRoot, he worked with purpose-driven organizations and startups writing content and implementing creative and social media strategies. Dave has a B.A. in English from Fairfield University and has completed post-graduate programs at both The Creative Circus in Atlanta and BDW in Boulder. Dave was an RMFU Fellow in 2018.

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Helen Rogers

Garfield County Gleaning coordinator

No matter how good things might be, Helen always looks for ways to make them even better. Earlier in her career, she worked in mental health as a recreational therapist, striving to help people improve their lives from the inside out. Helen also started the Rifle Farmer’s Market 10 years ago and continues to stay involved in its operation.

Helen runs her own interior design firm, having designed office spaces for Colorado Mountain College, banks, physicians, real estate companies and several residential properties. Helen is also involved with the Rifle Downtown Authority because she believes a strong and vibrant downtown is the foundation of a resilient Rifle.