HEAL Food Alliance

2022 School of Political Leadership 

Together Honoring Earth's Mycelia (T.H.E.M.)

Jazmin Martinez


Co-Operations Steward,
Advocates for Urban Agriculture

The pandemic brought to light the extraction and exploitation occurring in our society and has exacerbated the deep inequalities already present. Despite this we have seen a rise in organizing to demand changes in our workplace, schools, communities, and government. I believe that HEAL’s School of Political Leadership offers a space to strengthen our organizing tools to remain strong, and make long-lasting impact so we can continue to thrive and have a dignified life.

Meet Jazmin

Jazmin is a farmer from La Villita/Little Village neighborhood in Chicago and is an owner-worker of Catatumbo Cooperative Farm currently located in South Chicago. They have previous experience working in social services providing crisis and trauma-informed support and connecting individuals and families to resources. Additionally, their background involves organizing within the immigrant rights movement. Through their work, they saw a need to create economic opportunities for historically excluded communities and was drawn to urban farming, particularly within a worker-cooperative model. Their work is grounded in reverence for the land and hands that feed and nourish us. Jazmin is committed to connecting urban agriculture with broader social justice movements to envision and create other possible worlds.