Common Roots Farm had the pleasure of hosting Cabrillo College President, Matt Wetstein, and Trustee, Rachael Spencer, for a tour of our farm and greenhouse to see the work of recent Cabrillo College graduate, Natalie Markovics. They were very impressed.
I'm sure some of you have seen me running around the farm and tinkering in the greenhouse but for those who haven't met me, my name is Natalie. I’m Kyle’s (much shorter) counterpart in hydroponic production.
Kyle and I have been working day and night, weekends and weekdays, to get the greenhouse up and running at full capacity. Our goal is to create a beautiful, welcoming, streamlined production house with a full spectrum of systems so everyone has a place to work. We hope to finish creating this space before the winter “off season” arrives.
A little about myself. My husband and I are both disabled veterans and former Department of Defense contractors. We’ve moved around a lot and a couple years ago we (and our boys ages two, three, and eight) made the decision to move to Santa Cruz County so we could attend Cabrillo College’s horticulture degree program together.
I love learning, and as far as formal education goes, I have a Bachelor’s degree in History (with an emphasis on Middle East — East Asia), an almost completed Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, an Associate’s in Information Technology, an Associate’s in Horticultural Sciences (from Cabrillo), and a Certificate in Organic Crop Production (also from Cabrillo). Being a prior military Sergeant, I also have formal experience and academic training in instructing, management, paperwork, and leadership.
Some people refer to me as a “Grower” or a “Greenhouse Manager.” I like to poke fun at myself and say that I’m a “Grow-her” or a “Plant Ninja.” Plants are my passion and they make me happy. Volunteering and dedicating time towards this very innovative and wonderful nonprofit has been a fun blessing.
Next time you’re at the farm, come stop by the greenhouse and take a few pictures of the beautiful plants. We welcome you all to view the progress as the greenhouse morphs into a living masterpiece.