Christine grew up in rural Missouri, surround by fields of GMO corn and soy as the only example of agriculture she was aware of. These lifeless fields led her to believe that agriculture was no path for her. However, this all changed after discovering a passion for cooking and clean eating. While completing her master’s in Linguistics in Long Beach, CA, she started volunteering with a local foodscaping organization, and her passion for food led her outdoors to the source of it all; the garden. She decided to change careers and shift to the organic farming world where she felt she could make a true difference in the realms of food justice and climate change. She has worked on large and small scale organic farms, in the U.S. and Latin America, and received her horticultural certificate in 2017. Today she lives in Portland, OR, where she avidly gardens, loves hiking, camping, and taking road trips to the coast.
Maclaine was born and raised in a small town in Southwest Iowa and received his M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University. He has a wide variety of experiences including living in rural Nicaragua for two years as an Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer, facilitating environmental leadership programs across Latin America, and managing the Juvenile Justice Program in Denver, Colorado. Maclaine has been an organic inspector for two years and worked as an organic compliance specialist before joining the QCS team. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking with his girlfriend and dogs, exploring new recipes in the kitchen, and hitting Coors Field for Rockies games.
Odalys (oh-dah-lees) is originally from the warm and bustling city of Miami, FL. Graduated from FIU with a B.S. Degree in Hospitality Management. She left the tropics for the countryside with her husband and 2 fur babies. She is fluent in English and Spanish because of her Cuban background. Her passions revolve around animal rights, the protection of the environment, and supporting the arts.
Janet supports QCS behind the scenes by tackling projects as they arise. They believe in the importance of nourishing people’s bodies and minds through sustainable agriculture, spending time in nature, and sharing fun facts. Prior to QCS, Janet spent 10 years as a customer service and bakery manager at the first certified organic grocery store in the USA. They have a BA in Psychology and are currently pursuing an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Janet loves working at QCS because of the amazingly talented people they get to work with, the passionate farmers they get to support, and QCS’s commitment to always improving and growing.
Ricardo was born in Venezuela, and grew up in Tampa, Florida. He received his B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of South Florida. After graduating, Ricardo worked as a nursery plant inspector for Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for four years before joining QCS. He has always enjoyed spending time outdoors, and in his free time, he likes to hike trails, swim, and cook.