MEET OUR TEAM

The Acres Farm team brings industry and education together to provide students with novel, rewarding, and practical educational experiences. A mix of educators, scientists, and farmers, our team models the collaboration and leadership required to be a successful student now and an industry professional tomorrow.

Stephen Cochenour

Farm Instructor

Josh is the heart and soul of Acres Farm.

He brings the industry-side perspectives and experiences from owning a restaurant, working as a professional chef, and starting up an urban farm.

Josh finds great reward in nurturing our future workforce. He helps students carve their career paths and take agency in building community and creatively solving our most pressing ecological issues.

Dave DeMalteris

Farm Technician

Dave is our soil human.

Dedicated to ensuring the best possible harvest, he teaches students about soil maintenance, different farming techniques, and how to plant and harvest properly. 

Dave completed his undergraduate studies in sustainability at Colorado Mountain College after building soil from the ground up as a Zero-Hero for the Yampa Valley Zero-Waste program.  

Dave brings the skills and the humor to all he does.

Liz Hudd

Science Instructional Coach

ASTUTE

ENCOURAGING

TENACIOUS

Liz is our number one champion.

With over 20 years of teaching for Jeffco, Liz teaches science and works with teachers across Warren Tech's central campus. She started using Acres Farm as a model for teaching Environmental Science to Outdoor Leadership and STEM students over five years ago. Now she volunteers her time writing grants and doing farm work.

Science is Liz's passion. She is dedicated to seeing the farm reach its fullest potential as a sustainable, educational model of food production.

 

Nate Olsen

STEM Teacher

CONSIDERATE

PURPOSEFUL

COMMITTED

Nate is our educator extraordinaire.

He has been with Acres Farm since its beginnings as part of the outdoor educational center. Nate is an inspiring teacher dedicated to opening possibilities for students and guiding them through their education. He focuses on tech fundamentals and project-driven assignments so students get the knowledge and the practice they need to thrive in tomorrow's workplace economy. 

 

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Stephen Cochenour

Farm Instructor

Dave DeMalteris

Farm Technician

ENTHUSIASTIC

INNOVATIVE

DEDICATED

Dave is our soil human.

Dedicated to ensuring the best possible harvest, he teaches students about soil maintenance, different farming techniques, and how to plant and harvest properly. 

Dave completed his undergraduate studies in sustainability at Colorado Mountain College after building soil from the ground up as a Zero-Hero for the Yampa Valley Zero-Waste program.  

Dave brings the skills and the humor to all he does.

 

Liz Hudd

Science Instructional Coach

Liz is our number one champion.

With over 20 years of teaching for Jeffco, Liz teaches science and words with teachers across Warren Tech's central campus. She started using Acres Farm as a model for teaching Environmental Science to Outdoor Leadership and STEM students over five years ago. Now she volunteers her time writing grants and doing farm work. 

Science is Liz's passion. She is dedicated to seeing the farm reach its fullest potential as a sustainable, educational model of food production.

Nate Olsen

STEM Teacher

Nate is our educator extraordinaire.

He has been with acres since its beginnings as part of the outdoor education center. 

Nate is an inspiring teacher dedicated to opening possibilities for students and guiding them through their education.

 

He focuses on tech fundamentals and project-driven assignments so students get the knowledge and the practice they need to thrive in tomorrow's workplace economy. 

The success of our program also relies on our community team. We work alongside Colorado farms to encourage everyone to buy local. We also partner with chefs to produce dinner events for our friends and family. Along the way, we model for our students what it means to co-lead, collaborate, work in partnership, problem-solve, think creatively, and manage projects.