Cynthia Bower is a long-time member of Women Grow Food who joined the Deep Dirt Institute Board as Treasurer in January 2019, and joins the BRN Board in July 2020 as part of the merger of the program into Borderlands Restoration Networ. She grew up on an avocado ranch in southern California and has been passionate about environmental issues since the early 1970s. Her interest in sustainability is at least partly genetic: one of her grandfathers designed, built and began distributing solar water heaters in the Los Angeles area in 1911. One hundred years later, she moved into a passive/active, net-zero solar home she had a large role in designing. Prominent among Cynthia’s heroes are Margaret Mead and Pete Seeger, who agreed that the problems of the world can be solved by the small deeds of millions of individuals acting with thoughtful, caring intent. Cynthia retired early from a career as an academic librarian and curator. She recently completed her water harvesting certification from Watershed Management Group in Tucson. She earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Stanford University and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of California, Berkeley a long time ago.
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