Rosmar Riedel

community connector


Rosmar was born in Cúcuta, Colombia, and moved to Northfield just before the pandemic reached the United States. From a young age, she developed an interest in understanding, researching and treating diseases not in people but in plants. She decided to explore this passion at the Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander (UFPS), where she studied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Plant Pathology and Integral Pest Management. While in Colombia, she also worked as a Field Agronomist at The Exploitation Esmeralda Farm for two years identifying plant diseases from vegetal tissue and gained experience with African Palm Oil and Cocoa crops. Rosmar joined the staff as Community Connector at the start of 2020. She advises on best practices for pest control on the farm and off site at various community gardens. She’s also currently monitoring Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in our elderberry fields.

What Rosmar Enjoys About Sharing Our Roots

I love working outside at the farm and finding ways to restore and improve soil using purely biological treatments. I also enjoy working on environmentally friendly alternatives for pest and disease control in different crops grown at the farm.