AIRE congratulates Chrysalis 2014 graduates

AIRE’s programs are successful because of the interest and help of our students.  Today we are proud to see some of our strongest youth participants close a chapter of their lives and begin another one.  As today is the day that we see six students graduate from Chrysalis Alternative School, we reflect on their contributions to their school and our agricultural projects over the years.

IMG_3926Graduate Jamie Rivera has been with our program since the beginning and has taken deep interest into culinary arts and has goals to have her own bakery or catering business.  We are honored to have helped her cultivate her interests and look forward to continuing the collaboration!IMG_5229Graduates Jesus Gonzales (background) and Angelo Chavez (foreground) leave their mark at Chrysalis with the construction of raised beds at our school. P1090527Graduates Jeremiah Trevino (left) and Marissa Medina (right) string chicos and help with one of our most important events of the year.P1100566Graduates Jesus Gonzales (left) and Cody Apodaca (right) put some muscle into getting Parr Field ready for the students of Enos Garcia Elementary.

P1060790Graduate Jamie Rivera has also put in some miles behind the shovel in several acequia cleanings over the years…P1020698Graduates Cody Apodaca (middle) and Angelo Chavez (right) assist with a garden at Sol Feliz Farm with the help of Chrysalis art teacher Carlos Garcia (left).P1090820Graduates Jesus Gonzales (left), Cody Apodaca (middle), and Angelo Chavez (right) prepare deer meat cooked in our horno for our annual Thanksgiving Feast at Chrysalis. IMG_3489Graduate Marissa Medina has been an integral part of our projects from the beginning and is shown harvesting maize from a field we had behind Chrysalis.

Best of luck in your future graduates!  You are part of our family and community and we are always here to help you in your next phase of life!  Many of these students will continue to be part of our AIRE projects as young adults and college students as they have demonstrated their agricultural abilities over the years and are too valuable to let go!

!!! QUE VIVA CHRYSALIS GRADUATING CLASS OF 2014 !!!

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About Miguel

Miguel Santistevan is a researcher, educator, and advocate for traditional agriculture crops and systems.
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