Cindy Vasquez is a second-generation Mexican American who lives in Oakdale, California. She graduated from Enochs High School in 2019. Her grandparents migrated to the U.S. from Mexico, when her mother was a young child.
Her grandfather, Paul Velasco, learned to garden from his father and continued after the family moved to California. Cindy Vasquez embraces her life of rooted tradition and culture. She said she appreciates learning how to grow and cook cactus and other gardening skills passed down in the family. As an adult, she now maintains her own vegetable garden and hopes to show her own children this tradition one day.