LIZ RAMIREZ is Responsible for the general direction, program design and implementation, curriculum and coordination of community partners, stakeholder and events.
Graduating with Honors from the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, UNAB on 2003, with a BA Degree in Education along with her 14 years of teaching.
REI certified Caregiver and Primary Montessori Certified Teacher, growing up on a Farm in Colombia, South America it just makes a lot of sense for Liz to know that she has found her passion teaching the children and adolescents about how to grow food, how to cook it and how to care for the animals. Liz’s vision is to get the community and farmers involved in the children daily Education; creating and stronger community that can support each other.
JOSEPH FIELDS Full-time organic farmer, educator, and sole-proprietor of Joseph Fields Farm. Joseph is a third-generation, Gullah-Geechee farmer born and raised on John’s Island, SC, with over 45 years of experience running his farm. Joseph and his wife Helen decided to switch to organic farming in 2006 after hearing the call, and considering the impact it would create for the remediation of local soil.
The Fields family is very well known in Charleston for their large hearts and strong work ethic. Joseph and Helen are registered with the SC Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program, and are, as of now, the sole Charleston farmers registered for “Healthy Bucks,” a government incentive program to encourage those on EBT and Food Stamps to buy fresh food from the farm. The Fields Family stands as a shining example of humility, service and hard work, and it is with great pride that they step into a new role of educating the children, in hopes of reconnecting inner city youth with nature and establishing healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
One of Joseph’s favorite questions to ask the children is “Who’s gonna grow your food?” Without a next generation of farmers, Joseph explains, “we won’t have food to eat. Everything, he says, even Twinkies! comes in some way or shape from the farm”.