COMMITTEE

Camilla Hammer, Project Manager, Battery Urban Farm
Camilla Hammer has worked on many small organic farms around the globe, and applied the skills and knowledge she developed into starting the farm in 2010. As Project Manager at Battery Urban Farm, Camilla ensures that farm programs are always running smoothly and she is constantly dreaming up new endeavors to keep the farm moving forward.

Zachary Pickens, Farm Manager, Riverpark Farm; Founder, Rooftop Ready Seeds
Zach Pickens is a New York City-based educator, seed saver, Master Composter, and the full-time farm manager at the Riverpark Farm at Alexandria Center, the largest urban farm attached to restaurant in New York City. Zach started Rooftop Ready Seeds in 2010 to develop a stock of vegetable seeds that are tailored to the unique growing conditions faced by urban gardeners. Zach has also developed school garden programs and managed youth-run farmers’ markets throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Nick Storrs, Urban Farm Manager, Randall’s Island Park Alliance
Nick Storrs, Urban Farm Manager at the Randall's Island Urban Farm, grew up on a small subsistence farm in New Hampshire. After receiving a B.A. from McGill University he worked in Brazil and Bolivia growing vegetables and coffee, and later apprenticed at the Last Resort Farm in northern Vermont. Since moving to New York City he has worked as a gardener for the Central Park Conservancy and obtained a Certificate of Horticulture from the New York Botanical Gardens. He is a contributor to the Five Borough Farm Project, an initiative of the Design Trust for Public Space, as well as to research conducted by the Northeast Rice Association in conjunction with Cornell University. Currently, he leads the Randall's Island Park Alliance's edible education initiative, provides consultation to GrowNYC's School Mini-Grant Program, and participates in the Slow Tools Initiative.

PARTICIPANTS

Chloë Bass, Communications & Outreach Specialist, Boswyck Farms
Chloë Bass is the Communications & Outreach Specialist for Boswyck Farms. A native New Yorker and practicing artist, Chloë hopes we can use hydroponics to feed the urban masses.

Charlie Bayer, Community Compost Manager, NYC Compost Project hosted by Earth Matter
Charlie Bayer is the Co-Founder of Earth Matter NY and operator of Zero Waste Island, an NYC Compost Project zero waste Initiative on Governors Island.

Andrew Blancero, Project Coordinator, NYC Compost Project hosted by Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Andrew Blancero, Jennifer Blackwell, and Jodie Colon have provided environmental education, community outreach, and technical assistance to composters in all five boroughs. Using their individual skillsets and over 25 years of combined professional experience, they have trained hundreds of NYC residents to become Master Composters – the volunteer corps for community engagement and project realization. Jodie, Jenny and Andy all do this work as part of DSNY’s NYC Compost Project.

Tom Boyden, Urban Grower & Filmmaker, F.H. King & UW Madison Horticulture Department
Tom Boyden has worked in every corner of the food system, from dishwashing & crafting salads at farm to table restaurants to foraging edible berries and herbs in Wisconsin forests. Tom started making how-to videos on growing food a year and a half ago, and then he was hooked. Since then he’s filmed and photographed everything to do with food and farming, with lots of urban agriculture and bicycles thrown in. Currently, he’s pursuing a horticulture degree from UW-Madison and is the Urban Agriculture Director of F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture where he runs a rooftop garden and a bicycle compost pick-up program servicing the downtown Madison area. This summer, Tom will be filming and editing online video content for a new, innovative organic vegetable production class to debut in the fall semester of 2014.

Andrew Casner, Regional Farm Manager, Project EATs
Andrew Casner is and artist and horticulturist that farmed with Project EATS since 2010. Wards Island Farm was established in 2012 in partnership with Help USA's Supportive Employment Center (SEC). Our produce can be found at our Saturday Manhattan Farm Stand in Frederick Douglas Houses (W101 St between Amsterdam and Columbus), at Fresh Direct, and at select Restaurants.

Jodie Colon, Project Manager, NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden
Jodie Colon, Jennifer Blackwell, and Andrew Blancero have provided environmental education, community outreach, and technical assistance to composters in all five boroughs. Using their individual skillsets and over 25 years of combined professional experience, they have trained hundreds of NYC residents to become Master Composters – the volunteer corps for community engagement and project realization. Jodie, Jenny and Andy all do this work as part of DSNY’s NYC Compost Project.

Andrew Coté, President, New York City Beekeepers Association
Andrew Coté is a former high school dropout and vagabond turned Fulbright Scholar and professor. He was born into a beekeeping family in Connecticut and is (at least) the fourth generation to carry on this ancient art. When he's not busy with hives, Andrew teaches English as a Second Language at Housatonic Community College and runs Silvermine Apiary, home of Andrew's Taste-Bud Bursting Local Wildflower Honey, as well as the development of the non-profit Bees Without Borders.

Anna Ellis, Educator, Battery Urban Farm
Anna Ellis started her work in urban farm education at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden as a high school student. As the Farm Educator at Battery Urban Farm, Anna develops farm curriculum, and engages thousands of students from New York City schools, creating direct connections between hands on farm work and lessons learned in the classroom.

Perri Erlitz, P.S. 216 Garden and Kitchen Teacher, Edible Schoolyard NYC
Perri Erlitz is the Lead Kitchen Classroom Teacher at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Perri was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where she developed a deep love of cooking and gardening. While studying at Brandeis University, Perri cultivated an interest in community-based sustainable agriculture. After college, she was a garden educator for the New York Restoration Project and a Farm-Based Education Resident at Shelburne Farms.

Esther Gottesman, P.S. 216 Garden and Kitchen Teacher, Edible Schoolyard NYC
Esther Gottesman previously taught at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Greenmarket's Seed to Plate program. Additionally she has managed and taught after-school garden programs with Children's Aid Society and YWCA of New York and interned with The Hort's GreenHouse program on Riker's Island.

Thomas Hallaran, Co-Founder, Feedback Farms
Thomas Hallaran is a New Englander who had farmed in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut before moving to Manhattan in 2005 to work as a software engineer. In 2011 Tom decamped to Brooklyn and started Feedback Farms, a mobile, experimental urban farm committed to pushing the envelope of urban farming as an intervention.

Daron 'Farmer D' Joffe, Chief Farming Officer, Farmer D Organics/Farmer D Consulting
Daron 'Farmer D' Joffe is the founder of Farmer D Organics and Farmer D Consulting, where he designs and builds biodynamic farms and gardens all over the country. His Farmer D brand of products such as compost and planting beds are sold in Whole Foods stores in the Southeast, through Williams-Sonoma, and at Farmer D Organics retail and online stores. Daron was named 1998 Biodynamic Rookie of the Year. He currently lives in Oakland, California, with his wife and two children.

Josie Johnson, Lead Farmer, Battery Urban Farm
Josie Johnson apprenticed on farms in central Maryland before starting her own organic farm with a small CSA. She then created an educational farm for a school in Maryland. Now, as the Lead Farmer at Battery Urban Farm, Josie manages volunteer, weekly harvests, and general farm maintenance from crop selection and composting to organic pest control.

Lily Kesselman, Just Food Trainer, Just Food
Lily Kesselman is a wife, mother, and professional photographer. She started a community coop 3 years ago in the South Bronx located at Brook Park. She and her family are also backyard chicken keepers. She developed fund-raising technics centered around chickens. Lily is also a Just Food trainer with a specialty in chickens keeping.

Heidi Kleister, Development Director, Boswyck Farms
Heidi Kleister is the Development Director for Boswyck Farms. She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Macedonia before coming to the farm, and has experience working with children with disabilities in addition to her fundraising and strategic planning prowess.

Gil Lopez, Co-Founder, Smiling Hogshead Ranch
Gil Lopez is an urban cultivator who holds a bachelors in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State. He is a co-founder of Smiling Hogshead Ranch, community organizing artist-in-residence at the Flux Factory, garden and compost assistant for Greening Queens library, teacher at CUNY City Tech and guest lecturer at various NYC schools including the New School, LaGuardia & SVA.

Lee Mandell, Founder & Chief Hydroponicist, Boswyck FarmsLee Mandell, founder of Boswyck Farms, is an urban farmer specializing in hydroponics. He brings to this enterprise over 20 years of experience in developing systems matched to programmatic goals and available resources, applied across the fields of computer programming, visual arts, theater production, community organizing, and urban farming.

Erik Martig, Operations Coordinator, NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC
Erik Martig is the founder of ¡Composting Gowanus!, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy’s composting program. He has managed the GrowNYC & DSNY Greenmarket Food Scrap Compost Program, one of New York City’s largest community driven organic waste diversion programs, helped conceive a city funded and supported compost facility in Gowanus, Brooklyn and is actively engaged with community composters in NYC. Erik’s newest project is a 200 square foot vermicomposting bio-reactor, utilizing over 200,000 worms to produce high quality, nutrient dense earthworm compost at BIG!NYC. He is currently working for DSNY’s NYC Compost Project.

Billy Polansky, General Manager, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
Billy Polansky works as the General Manager of the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA), leading the organization’s day to day operations. In addition to his work at different farms, Billy has worked with Heifer International in Arkansas, and has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on the Regional Cuisines Project in central-Missouri. Since 2009, Billy has been a full-time volunteer and employee with CCUA. Billy holds a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Science from James Madison University, which sparked his interest in agriculture. Currently, he is pursuing his MBA at Columbia College. At home, Billy is an avid gardener and loves cooking fresh, healthy meals. This passion for food makes his work with the CCUA a labor of love.

Cuyler Remick, Project Coordinator, NYC Compost Project hosted by Build It Green!NYC
Cuyler Remick is Project Coordinator for Operations at BIG!Compost. He has been with BIG!Compost since 2012. Cuyler became initiated to composting by taking a Master Compost course through Cornell Cooperative Extension. He has also completed the US Composting Council Operator's Training course. Cuyler graduated with a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. from Yale University.

Kelsey Ripper, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Lawyers Alliance for New York
Kelsey Ripper is an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Lawyers Alliance for New York, sponsored by the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Lawyers Alliance is itself a nonprofit and the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations in New York City. Kelsey works on Lawyers Alliance’s Urban Health Program, helping to expand their legal and educational services to a full range of urban health organizations, particularly those with food security and urban agriculture programs.

Yanet Rojas, Just Food Trainer, Just Food
Yanet Rojas grew up in Peru where she farmed with her grandparents; she has been living in New York City with her family for 15 years. She has always been interested in fresh food and is involved with Just Food because they have many programs about growing food especially chicken keeping. She is a Just Food Farm School graduate. She is a Just Food trainer and has trained chicken keepers in Cypress Hills and East New York Brooklyn.

Adam Saunders, Public Outreach Coordinator, Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
Adam Saunders is an urban agriculture organizer and vegetable farmer from Columbia, MO. He helped co-found the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture in 2009 and currently leads the public relations and fundraising efforts. Adam attended the University of Missouri receiving a duel degree in Forestry and Statistics and a Masters of Forestry. He is interested in diversified agriculture systems, especially those utilizing agroforestry features. Adam grows potatoes and other root vegetables on the side with his uncle-in-law in the rich Missouri River bottoms. In his free time you will find Adam fixing up his 111-year-old downtown home or mentoring gardeners at the community gardens in his neighborhood.

Clare Sullivan, Co-Founder, Feedback Farms
Clare Sullivan is a founder of Feedback Farms. Clare is Environmental Coordinator at Columbia University's Agriculture and Food Security Center. With co-founder Tom, Clare's paper evaluating sub-irrigated planter designs will be in the forthcoming the Journal of Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems.

Cameal Tapper, Community Educator, East NY Farms!
Cameal Tapper is an ENYF! Community Educator and was a Youth Intern for four years. She is currently studying for a career in early childhood education.

David Vigil, Project Director, East NY Farms!
David Vigil is the Project Director of East New York Farms!. He has worked at ENYF! since 2007, previously as Farm Manager and Youth Program Director.

Erin White, Principal, Community Food Lab
Erin White is a designer, entrepreneur, and teacher working for healthy local food systems. He is the founder and Principal of Community Food Lab, and a part-time Lecturer in Architecture at NC State University. His work at Community Food Lab has grown out of his belief that healthy communities need healthy food systems, and that socially-oriented design has an important role to play in both.

Jonathan Wilson, Farm Manager, Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Jonathan Wilson has been involved in urban agriculture since 2009, when he worked with youth in the Brownsville and East New York sections of Brooklyn to build raised bed gardens. He was project manger for 3 seasons overseeing urban farm steading in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan. Jonathan joined us in the beginning of the 2013 season and assumed the role of Farm Manager during the summer of 2013.