Lorenzo Dominguez is co-owner of Hacienda Dominguez & Chelenzo Farms, a regenerative farm in Cerrillos, New Mexico with three operating pillars: education, research and community.
At Chelenzo Farms they practice multiple methods of sustainable agriculture by applying permaculture, organic, and healthy soil principles; indigenous-inspired dryland farming techniques including water harvesting earthworks and planting agave, other succulents and native plants; as well as implementing land conservation and ecosystem restoration methodology.
The farm works closely with the community to resolve food security issues, as well as promote education about sustainable agriculture by hosting workshops on a regular basis. Lorenzo and the farm have been recognized for their work via a number of grants, awards and scholarships including the NMDA Healthy Soil Program and Western SARE grants.
In April 2023, he will begin hosting El Puente: A Bridge to Regenerative Agriculture on KSWV Radio (99.9 FM and 810 AM in Santa Fe and to be available via Alexa and podcast). The show will showcase the regenerative agrarian lifestyle in New Mexico, El Puente features fun and informative interviews with leaders that bridge the fields of regenerative agriculture, health and community.
Lorenzo is also an award-winning NYC street photographer and the author of the #1 best selling artist memoir on amazon.com for both 2010 and 2011 , 25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life!
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Lorenzo’s Jesuit high school education instilled in him the importance of being “a person for others.” As a result, he's spent much of his time involved in community service, most recently serving as a board member of our local homeless shelter and Lincoln Society, as well as the city’s Human Relations & Rights Commission in Peekskill, NY. He is currently a member of the Governance Board of the Turquoise Trail Charter School in Santa Fe, a 2022 Parents Together NM Education Fellow, and a Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing Fellow (a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program).
In addition to community service, continual education is important to Lorenzo and his family. Lorenzo earned a B.A. in International Cultural Studies and Cultural Anthropology from UCLA, completed graduate studies in Global Political Science at SJSU and received a Masters in International Public Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from Columbia University. In 2018 he completed the Johns Hopkins Executive Data Science program and the Wharton School Business Analytics Certificate.
He recently earned a Program Certificate for Designing Regenerative Livelihoods from Gaia Education and completed the Discovering Resilience: A Legal Workshop for Farmers and Ranchers from Farm Commons. Lorenzo is currently enrolled in Regen Ag 101, Soil Health Academy, as well as the Fearless Educator Certification Training program hosted by Fearless Farmers.
He spent the first half of his adult life as a marketing and communications professional who loves storytelling and engaging people through words, calls-to-action and images. With more than 30 years of experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, he has led many sales, marketing, media relations, social media, communications, data analytics and engagement initiatives over his career.
Lorenzo is also an avid runner, hiker, foodie and advocate of being “fit after 50.” He loves music and has been a DJ for 35 years, serving as New York Life’s NYC Pride Parade float DJ from 2016-2019. Most of all he loves spending time with his friends and family, including five children.
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