Santa Fe, New Mexico
Alena Paisano is an experienced practitioner of Farm to School dedicated to the development of just and local food systems serving our youth, families and communities.
Alena is deeply invested in her work with National Farm to School Network (NFSN), where she partners with native communities to expand and sustain farm to school activities as a strategy for advancing food sovereignty. Her past work has been focused on supporting diverse partners to reach their goals for improving community well-being and access to healthy local food by engaging in development of food policy with schools and farmers to achieve their vision for farm to school in action. She is passionate about working with partners in Native American communities to uplift the many unique assets highlighted in their efforts for others to learn from; promoting indigenous knowledge and supporting community leadership as foundations to movement building throughout Indian Country. As a multicultural indigenous woman with roots in the Pueblo, Apache and Dine cultures, Alena is deeply committed to working in the SW region. Based out of Santa Fe, NM she is active in local/state food policy efforts as a community advocate and a mother, seeking to contribute to a healthier, more equitable future for our next generation.