Artisan Blog Entry

By: Meghan Ris and Emma Toncheff

     Our Flagstaff Artisan we interviewed was Marina Vasquez. Marina is from Huehuentenango, Guatemala. When she was just 10 years old, her and her family moved to Guatemala City. While Marina and her family were living in Guatemala City, they made and sold coiled baskets and wmarinasellingbasketoven clothing, just to make it by day to day. From living this way, Marina realized how important it was for her to get an education. Everyday after selling with her family, she would attend high school. Once she finished high school she attended college level classes. After she finished college she taught as a Spanish-as-a-Second-Language-Teacher in the mountains of Guatemala. Smarinahe eventually met her husband, Miguel, and they moved to the United States. When they got to the United States, Marina taught at community colleges and was a substitute and high school teacher for many years. She eventually found her way to Northern Arizona University. In the 1990’s Marina helped to develop Spanish curriculum for Education Systems at NAU. Currently Marina teaches Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU.





Sedona, AZ Field Trip

By Allison Altsisi

This field trip to Sedona, AZ was a mixture of two classes at NAU- Growing Communities and Food  to School- both of which are taught by Rosemary Logan. We first toured Garlands Farm to learn about how to care for fruit and vegetable plants and about apple grafting. Second, we had a delicious lunch at Garlands Cafe to learn how and why the head chef prefers to buy locally grow food. Our last stop, was at the Sedona Farmer’s Market, where we talked to the Market Coordinator to learn the history of the market and how she manages it.



Inside of the greenhouse there were tomatoes


… of all colors


And small seedlings that were just sprouting.


We spotted some white squash,


Garlic and lavender,


And other assorted squash.


As we crossed the bridge, Emily and Dana tried to take a nice picture. They tried very hard.


The breathtaking view from the bridge.


Another breathtaking view of Emily and Dana in front of the apple orchards.


All hail, Queen Dana!


Guess what their favorite food is….. it’s cupcakes!!


Dana, Emily, and Allison decided they wanted to go down to the creek (pictured above). At first, they trekked through harmless vines, but as they got closer to the creek, they noticed that the vines started turning into thorns (bottom of picture). They were so close to reaching the creek when Emily slipped and fell into the thorns. She screamed out, “I have thorns in my butt!” Dana and Allison thought it was hilarious and nearly fell into the thorns as well. (to be continued in next picture)


They all decided it was too dangerous to get to the creek, and in the midst of the laughter and Emily’s pain, they decided they needed to take a picture. On the way back up to the rest of the class, Dana and Allison kept laughing. And don’t worry, Emily was okay.


When the girls got back up to the class, everyone wanted to take a group picture. On the last count of three, Dana and Emily-and the rest of the group- thought it would be extremely funny to jump on top of Allison.



Our beautiful professor, Rosemary Logan, enjoying her lunch.


Emily got a chai latte.


Dana got a half-eaten peanut butter, honey, and banana sandwich.


Allison ordered a kids grilled cheese sandwich with carrots.


The head chef of Garlands Cafe came to talk to us about the history of the cafe and how he implements locally grown foods into his menu.



Our favorite farmer agreed to take a picture with Emily, Dana, and Allison (left to right).


Our favorite farmer also gave Dana and Allison free apples.


We met with the Sedona Farmers Market Coordinator/Director, Katrin Themlitz. She informed us about the hardships of running a farmers market and benefits of locally grown food.

On the way back to Flagstaff, we stopped at the Chocolate Tree Cafe and tried to stop at a freshwater spring for water. We found a spot to pull off the road by the spring, but we were very close to the road and we all agreed it was too dangerous to try to get out of the van. We tried to look for a point to turn around but we were all very tired and decided to just go home.