Daniela Ochoa moved to Austin in 2009, and credits her connection to SFC to an introduction to a staff member at a dinner party. She started volunteering and was especially interested in SFC’s garden resources when she realized that her carrots in Texas wouldn’t grow as well as they did where she grew up in central Mexico.
She helped start a community garden at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, learned about the local soil and drought, worked with City of Austin’s composting program and completed her Master Gardener certification. She now teaches SFC’s Basic Organic Gardening classes in English and Spanish, and recently translated the updated curriculum to Spanish. While giving presentations on composting, she also connected with the SFC Farmers’ Markets and with SFC’s The Happy Kitchen/La Cocina Alegre®.
We recently spoke with Daniela about her participation in the recent Happy Kitchen class for cancer patients and caregivers, and her connections to SFC and to good food.