2018 Certificate Graduates
AJ believes building green urban landscapes is about resisting gentrification and developing community as much as growing food and storm water management. She wants to help build accessible, passive-system urban infrastructure and food-growing commons that benefit New York City as a whole.
Frances A. Perez-Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York City, and stands in solidarity with all people of color. She is deeply inspired by the reality of maintaining a healthy relationship with the planet and each other through connecting with and taking back the land.
Katy Bowen is honored and excited to be part of Farm School NYC! She teaches English as a New Language to children and adults, and have been studying biodynamic agriculture since 2011. She looks forward to starting this adventure with the other Farm School NYC students and staff!
Alexis “Jade” Palma Gil
Born and raised in the Philippines, Alexis “Jade” Palma Gil is an immigrant and a father of two who has always aspired to be a farmer. Jade has been a community organizer and educator for the past 15 years in both the U.S. and the Philippines — serving youth, workers, peasant farmers, urban poor, and migrants. He also worked as a field coordinator for relief and rehabilitation of rural communities after super Typhoon Bopha ravaged the southern Philippines in 2012.
Renee Keitt is a community gardener at Chenchita's Garden in East Harlem, subject to development. The beginning of her involvement in social justice started from the gentrification in Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen/Clinton which led to the closing of Stiles Market, where she would purchase her fruits and vegetables. When the meat market next to Stiles closed, she asked whether they would be next. Renee heard about Farm School while walking around Kingsborough Community College Urban Farm (KCC). She had a conversation with Lucretia about CSA's and Lucretia brought up Just Food and Farm School. Renee then attended an Intro to Organic Vegetable Gardening at KCC. Renee believes food is a need not to be reliant on market forces. Food is a resource, that feeds your mind, body and soul.
Rose Livingston dreams about the day when she can become a full time farmer. She's interested in teaching other farmers about the art of maintaining good soil. Also, she's interested in climate change and it's impact on food security. After climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, she knows that nothing is impossible, especially with the help of Farm School.
Although a Bronx native and an alumni and employee of New York University, Shanet currently calls Northern New Jersey home. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Garden of Hope in Newark, NJ which is part of the Newark Science and Sustainability organization and works with a girls rites of passage youth program. Additionally, she own two plots at the East Orange, NJ YMCA Community Garden where she grows a variety of my own vegetables. While her love of gardening is new, her interests in food justice, the effects of globalization on our food systems, and the need for food security are things that she have been passionate about since the early 2000s. Through her Farm School training, she hopes to build upon and share my passion
Suzanne Babb is a Bajan Canadian New Yorker who loves all things food and farming. She's been farming for 4 years at La Finca del Sur in the South Bronx and is one of the organizers of the Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference. In her day job, she work at WhyHunger supporting emergency food providers that are shifting away from the traditional charity model towards a model grounded in social justice.