Green Festival Speakers
Santistevan is from Taos, New Mexico and is currently engaged in a Ph.D. program in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico. Most recently, he worked as Project Director for the New Mexico Acequia Association. Acequias are communally managed irrigation ditches that have served as local democracies for several centuries in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. With the NMAA, Miguel coordinated the Sembrando Semillas, a youth project created to inspire and facilitate the coming of the next generation of irrigators and local agricultural activists. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UNM and a Master of Science in Agriculture Ecology from the University of California, Davis. Miguel is a certified science teacher for grades 712 and has taught Permaculture Design with the Traditional Native American Farmers Association. He maintains a seed saving and experimental farm operation in Taos, continues as a mentor with Sembrando Semillas, and produces a monthly radio show about acequia culture called Que Vivan las Acequias! For more information about these projects or to download the radio show, visit www.lasacequias.org.