Board of Directors
PJ Bergin, Chair
PJ developed and ran two successful businesses geared to serving design and architectural professionals nationally for 28 years. After selling those, she became a full time visual artist in Chaffee County creating artwork for health care facilities and private residences. Out of concerns for the slow decrease in farm land and access to local food, PJ started SOIL Sangre de Cristo in March 2020. She now balances her artist career and the growing non-profit with overwhelming support from the community.
Brian Aitken, Treasurer
Brian is a partner with Badger Creek Ranch, another member of SOIL Sangre de Cristo. For over two decades, Brian worked as a country director for the International Monetary Fund, based in Washington DC. He eventually wanted to live out west and become involved in land conservation. Between Brian’s years of working for the IMF and his current involvement in local ranching, Brian makes a most welcome fit to be on the board of directors as treasurer.
Patrick Collette, Farmer Member
Patrick has roots in the local food chain working with Triangle Oasis and Rocky Mountain Garlic. He is also the assistant manager of the Salida Farmers Market, working with Foodshed Alliance. Patrick is a valuable voice on the board representing views of the food producers in both the growing and marketing aspects of their businesses.
Dejah Morales, Secretary
Dejah brings a unique perspective to the board.
Her reasons for joining SOIL Sangre de Cristo meet at the heart of our mission as explained in her statement: “Dejah is an enthusiast about promoting the opportunity for those two shop at their local farmers market. She believes that as a consumer we putting our
money where your mouth is house in the community at hand. With the background in holistic health Dejah is always looking for ways to incorporate natures offering into her life style and believes others should try something new, or a plant forward approach to their healing journey.”
Will has a passion for reusing, repurposing, and recycling! He and his wife, Laurel, built their own home and are actively working towards a self-sustainable lifestyle. Will has worked as a teacher (26 years), paramedic, outdoor leader, coach, and has worked in many facets of the construction trades. He is a consummate river adventurer, cartoonist, musician, and a participant in a variety of outdoor sports and activities.
He respects the integrity and value of all people and enjoys celebrating the gifts in others. Will looks forward to helping more people work towards a healthy sustainability in life.
Lindi has had a life-long commitment to making healthy organic foods available to all and a deep joy in working with the earth. Many organic gardens and greenhouses later, she is working with Max at the Triangle Oasis farm and Food Shed Alliance Farmers Market. The local community’s support for organic and sustainable agriculture is a value she shares with SOIL and is a motivating principle to helping more people be able to invest in our food and earth.
Tiffany Colette, Advisor to the Board of Directors
Tiffany is the owner of Rocky Mountain Garlic with her husband, Mike Colette. Following the organic and biodynamic processes, “RMG” brings over fifteen varieties of the unique crop of high desert garlic to market every year. They have also expanded into other fresh veggies with the newly built greenhouse seen from Hwy 291 as you travel west out of Salida.