Alexis Goldsmith

Hi, I’m Alexis. I began as a radio intern and graduated to coordinating the Hudson Mohawk Magazine and Collard City Growers. I work behind the scenes helping the Hudson Mohawk Magazine and providing support for producers, hosts, and engineers – sometimes filling in when needed. For Collard City Growers, I’m taking up the garden torch during the time of coronavirus, with the vision of producing substantial and culturally-relevant produce for the North Troy community. I grew up in Indiana and moved to New York to be a shepherdess; I hope to return to farming in the future.

Simone Johnson

My name is Simone. 

Growing food, medicine, flowers, saving seeds and foraging with friends are all things I’m really interested in.  I also love dancing, traveling, getting outdoors and traversing various art worlds.

I was the Sanctuary as the Collard City Growers Garden Coordinator during the fall of 2019. I was excited to join the long line of folks who have created and tended to the garden spaces over the years! I relocated outside of Troy beginning in 2020.

Our activities change during each season.  If you know anyone in your network who might be able to help, please let us know!

If you have any questions about the garden and/or volunteering, please don’t hesitate to reach out to at [email protected]

Laqueena Lajas

Laqueena Lajas is the Volunteer Organizer/Outreach Coordinator of The Sanctuary for Independent Media. Laqueena joined the Sanctuary in June of 2019 after graduating with her Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University at Albany. A native of Troy, Laqueena grew up in the North Central neighborhood and understands the importance in providing opportunities for community engagement, participation, and ownership.

Laqueena’s goal is to build a structured Volunteer Program accessible to members of both the academic and homegrown communities. She has also served as the co-coordinator of Uptown Summer 2019, a participant on the Census 404 panel with Representative Tonko, host on the Hudson Mohawk Magazine radio show, and is currently the co-coordinator of the MEDIA Club with Troy Prep Charter High School.