East New York Farms! Staff

David Vigil
Project Director

(718) 649-7979 ext 12

David oversees all components of the project including fundraising and program development. David started in 2007, serving as Farm Manager, Youth Program Director, and ultimately as Project Director. David brings with him experience in both urban and rural agriculture, youth development, adult education, and volunteer management. David studied at Deep Springs College and received a B.A. in History and Spanish from Columbia University. He was named one of New York Food Policy Center’s “40 Under 40 in Food Policy” in 2016.

Jannatul Rahman
Market and Outreach Coordinator
(718) 649-7979 ext 29

 Jannatul has a long history with ENYF. Jannatul immigrated to New York in 2006 from Bangladesh and joined ENYF’s internship program from 2008-2010. She then joined Slow Food, Inc and the Ujima Garden as part of ENYF’s externship program. She recently graduated from St. Joseph’s College with a degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. She is a Gates Millennium Scholarship award winner and plans on pursuing a career in the medical field in the future.

Tirrell Alford
NYCHA Farms Manager
(718) 649-7979

Tirrell manges our two NYCHA farms at Pink Houses and Bay View Houses. He holds an Associates degree in graphic design, and came to us through the training program at the Kingsborough Community College Farm.

Sadatu Usman
Community Gardens Organizer
(718) 649-7979 ext 15

Sadatu is a hospitality veteran and has managed restaurants and hotels in NYC for than 20 years. After breaking out on her own, she worked on her small family farm with her mother in Delhi, NY. She grew a variety of specialty vegetables and would sell them at Pop-up Markets she organized in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy. During this time, she started vending at the ENYF! Farmers Market, where she sold fruits and veggies and handmade bath and body products. After 2 years vending at the ENYF! Farmers Market, joined the ENYF! team as Community Gardens Organizer.

Roy Frias 
Youth Program Director
(718) 649-7979 ext 28

Roy joined our staff in 2013. He works directly with the youth interns, developing youth development and agriculture workshops, and guiding the Youth Food Justice Network. Roy graduated from SUNY Albany in 2012 with a degree in Journalism and World History. Roy is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Baruch College, and was recently named to the 2016 “40 Under 40 in Food Policy.”

Kendra Ellis 
Youth Farm Manager
(718) 649-7979 ext 14

Kendra joined ENYF in 2016. Kendra became interested in food justice because of her early involvement in community gardens in her hometown of Astoria, Queens. She has worked on several organic and biodynamic vegetable farms around the Northeast and studied agricultural sciences at Cornell University, supporting her ultimate goal of becoming an urban farmer in NYC.