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Calandra “Callie” Cooper is an avid gardener and creative. Calandra’s love for gardening stems from childhood through her beloved grandmother, Flossie, and art, from her mother, Gloria. Both of whom encouraged Calandra to follow her passions, study hard and to never stop learning.
Today, Calandra is the founder of Hidden Roots, an urban agriculture business consisting of, but not limited to, an inner-city farm and allotment garden in North Omaha, where she promotes the health benefits of gardening and eating good, natural-diversified foods; ARxTOne, whose mission is to make art and its healing abilities accessible to all; the Green City Leader, a niche community newspaper and owner of Center Studio 518, a creative workspace.
Calandra is also a honey bee keeper, mushroom cultivator, registered farmer and "mother" to 15 beautiful laying hens (who living in a beautiful garden in a cool coop where they're able to free-range and live a peaceful live).
Calandra studied communications (public relations/journalism) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned Associate in Applied Science degrees in: accounting, business management and legal studies from Metropolitan Community College where she is an adjunct faculty continuing education instructor teaching fashion draping, pattern making, vintage sewing and couture techniques, natural dyeing, urban-agriculture-related subjects and more in the New Makerhood District and various MCC locations in and around the city.
In June & July 2018, Calandra is teaching textile arts (fashion draping & natural dyeing) at The Union for Contemporary Arts.
Calandra was featured in the Omaha World-Herald’s Inspired Living magazine, Metropolitan Community College’s Metro & More television program, KMTV’s Morning Blend, WOWT 6 and was an invited guest speaker at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Lunch and Learn series and community speaker.
Boxing enthusiast and long-standing volunteer at C.W. Youth Resource Boxing Club
Owner, I.E. Pressure Wash
Graduate St. Edwards University (Austin,TX) Bachelor of Science: Business Administration (Finance/Marketing)