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Francesca (she/her) hails from an alfalfa farm in Calexico, CA where her family has strong roots on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


She started working with native plants at the Univerity of California Davis Arboretum while in college and, after graduating with degrees in Native American Studies and International Agricultural Development continued as a manager, assisting with propagation research and organizing plant sales. In 2013 she moved to Patagonia for an internship with Native Seeds/SEARCH and shortly after started the nursery, now known as Borderlands Nursery & Seed for Borderlands Restoration Network.


Francesca is passionate about increasing accessibility and enthusiasm for native plants and promoting partnerships between nurseries and plant programs in the borderlands region. She serves on the board of the Sweetwater Center in Cascabel, AZ, and is an elected town council member of the Town of Patagonia. 

Email: Francesca Claverie

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