Ciara leads UpRoot's efforts along the Western Slope as the Regional Food Systems Coordinator for the tri-county area. She has worked as a Food Systems Consultant and Contractor for government and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on systemic issues and collaborative solutions. 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) in 2017. Ciara holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Policy from Brown University.
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.
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.
Roaring Fork Valley Gleaning coordinator
Sara’s background brings a unique blend of both farming and education experience to the UpRoot team. She has worked in organic vegetable farming in Utah, Colorado, and Massachusetts, and has always strived to better connect communities to their farmers and food. Outside of the farming season, Sara has worked as a teacher and educator across a variety of settings—from public schools, to charter schools, to nonprofit programming—and she takes pride in designing educational experiences that are meaningful and engaging. Sara’s experience running a farm-based job-training program for youth in Salt Lake City inspires her current work in Garfield County and her desire to start similar programming and hunger-relief efforts in the lower Roaring Fork Valley.
Complementing her work with UpRoot, Sara also manages the Carbondale Farmers’ Market.