Xochitl grew up on the Yakama Reservation (Toppenish, WA) and traces their ancestry to the Mixteca Region of Puebla, Mexico. They currently works on cross-pollinating traditional ecological knowledge, queer politics, and indigenous philosophies to connect the dots between colonial botany and queer liberation. Xochitl received their B.S. in Forestry from the University of Washington with a focus on Restoration Ecology and has credentials from the UC Santa Cruz Center of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. Ze has been organizing in ecological spaces for over a decade to raise awareness on the importance of flowers and their seeds, as resiliency tools in the climate crises as well as heteronormative understanding of nature. As the Hummingbird Farm Manager, Xochitl continues to intercrop the decolonization of flowers and queer ecology into the discussion of sustainable agriculture, environmental justice, and a just transition as we reconnect to ancestral plant medicine on occupied lands.
Xochitl can be emailed at xochitl[at]podersf.org.