By Jessica Vance
Wolf Ridge will be welcoming two out of twenty of WWOOF’s Future Farmers during the month of July. These individuals participated in an application process that calls on folks who are committed to a career in food and farming systems.
Wolf Ridge applied to be a host farm for the Future Farmer program and is now feeling very honored to have Rosa and Michael join the farm crew this summer.
Rosa Maria Soriano Ynfante
Rosa Maria Soriano Ynfante is a master’s student at New Mexico Highlands University. Rosa is originally from the Dominican Republic and acquired a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Sciences from Zamorano University in Honduras. After graduation, she worked for a year in the Application Technologies program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rosa worked for two years as a Research and Development Manager for a cocoa agroforestry project in the Dominican Republic. This experience triggered her interest to work in sustainable projects that support people and their livelihoods, inspiring her to apply for a master’s degree program with a focus on Environmental Science and Conservation at NMHU where she started in the spring of 2022.
Mike Miller was raised in Birmingham, AL, where an enormously biodiverse environment and a culture revolving around the many cuisines of the Deep South encouraged a strong relationship with food and its production.
He enjoys reading speculative fiction and practicing film photography in his free time. He also intends to both cultivate and make use of native plants in the local food culture with the knowledge gained in the Future Farmer Program and beyond.