Food Justice Instructor
Yonnette Fleming is an urban food justice farmer and lifelong musician who is committed to advancing systems of knowledge which build healthy individuals, families and communities and provide community solutions to the issue of food insecurity, health disparities and social inequities. Farmer Yon, as she is known, has worked to grow food and advance community resilience to food insecurity through intergenerational education and operating food-based ventures in the Central Brooklyn community since 2003. Farmer Yon’s approach reflects the unique needs of the Hattie Carthan community garden’s aging population and the need to advance bold, educated leadership in order to address equity, inclusion and resilience in the food system. Farmer Yon serves as project catalyst/Vice President of the Hattie Carthan community garden and general coordinator of the Hattie Carthan Herban Farm and its two community-based markets in addition to teaching at Farm School.