Nellie Barrera received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1995. She worked in theatre in the Bay Area as a costumer for many years, including 13 years with the San Francisco Opera. Nellie’s belief in positive social change led her to volunteer with several organizations such as Food Not Bombs, The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, and Homes Not Jails. After living for more than twenty years in the Bay Area, Nellie and her fella, Keeeth, said good-bye to city life. They settled in the Illinois Valley at Chinook Bar Ranch in 2013 where Nellie works as a seamstress and farmer.

Beginning with the First Annual Otis Memorial Bike Ride in 2013, Nellie has participated in and helped organize various Spiral Living Center events, including the Farm and Garden Festival, the IV Bikespace, and the Local Foods Dinner. She is currently very involved with SLC’s new and very exciting project: building a community-based radio station in the Illinois Valley. She is a member of the KXCJ Steering Committee and serves as KXCJ’s Volunteer Coordinator.

Nellie’s interests include gardening, sewing, knitting, drawing and riding her bicycle to explore the natural beauty of the IV. She also very much enjoys music and plays the washtub bass with a local band.