Born and raised in Chicago, Alex Pino moved to New Mexico at age 20. After years working unfulfilling jobs and seeking solutions for the industrialized food system he began farming on a rocky Piñon & juniper covered hillside near Santa Fe. Pino now farms four properties from Pecos along the river to La Cienega, growing heirloom garlic on rented, drip-irrigated land. Pino sells at Santa Fe area Farmers' Markets year round. He organizes farmers through the National Young Farmers Coalition's local chapter, the Northern NM Young Farmers Alliance, and holds workshops and trainings to help educate next generation farmers.