lara pacheco is a Taíno, Boricua Latinx mamita that believes our collective liberation is accessed through decolonizing ourselves by weaving into the web of ancestral medicine. lara directly works through this realm with plants, fungi, music and dance. lara's work is inspired by their own journey of healing from a traumatic childhood of abuse and illness. lara had constantly found herself fascinated by the loose threads of traditional knowledge throughout the world from the privilege of travel and encounters from their grandmother, 'Tata' that lived with them. lara wanted to be an active participant in the preservation and propagation of traditional knowledge, the knowledge of the plants and the earth. As a Latinx, they also wanted to be a part of the accumulated awareness that her ancestors had gained in relation to illness and herbal medicine. lara's grandmother knew plants in Boriken (Puerto Rico) that could help heal, but somewhere that information has shifted in the tides of colonialism and patriarchy, and so they've been working to access it again and make that especially available to those most oppressed.
lara has lived and worked on farms, co-produced a bike tour farm documentary called Faces from the New Farm, and helped start the Common Good City Farm. After first learning from plants in the fields and forest, she completed the three year program with the School of Traditional Western Herbalism. She is currently Coordinator and on the board with Brown Girl Rise, a radical sisterhood empowering youth of color and is leading the Seasonal Wellness Clinic pop up clinic project in Cully. lara teaches a few class with the Arctos School and with the Eclectic Institute Internship Program. They are first and foremost a full time mamita of spirited 2 year old, but she loves playing music, gardening, and spending time with family and friends by water and the forest.