Urban Farm Corps Cohort 14 Graduates!

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On Tuesday, March 20th, 28 Members of Urban Farm Corps Cohort 14 graduated from their Green City Force AmeriCorps terms, ready to take on the next challenge in their professional journeys. The ceremony was held at Brooklyn Borough Hall.


The graduates of Cohort 14.

The event featured remarks from four graduate speakers Chantel Kemp, Maria Luisa Martins, Keenan Edwards and Princess Banyan, who each reflected on one of Green City Force’s four pillars: Justice, Service, Training, and Sustainability respectively.


Cohort 14 graduates before the ceremony’s start.

GCF Board Co-Chair Matt Nimetz opened the event and Green City Force’s service partners addressed the audience, including: Sideya Sherman, the Executive Vice President for Community Engagement and Partnerships at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA); Barbara Turk, the New York City Director of Food Policy; Sara Gardner, the Executive Director of the Fund for Public Health in New York; Domingo Morales, GCF Alumnus and Organics Recovery Coordinator at Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) and his mentor David Buckel, Senior Organics Recovery Coordinator at BBG. Two Members of the currently serving Love Where You Live Corps Cohort 15, Sha-me Knight and Sienna Thomas, also gave their good tidings to the graduates before the presentation of their certificates and awards.


Sideya Sherman, Executive Vice Presidents for Community Engagement and Partnership at NYCHA address the crowd.

We are especially happy to announce that all but two graduates have either accepted jobs or were interviewing as of graduation. We welcome Cohort 14 into the growing network of Green City Force’s 395 alumni.


Graduate Daniel Silvia poses with the Urban Farm Corps Staff with his graduate certificate.

Thank you to all of our partners, Board Members, supporters, and champions for taking the time to celebrate this important milestone for our graduates.

We leave you with the powerful words of graduate Chantel Kemp, as she reflects on the GCF pillar of Justice:

“I have vowed not to let my quest for food justice to end here today. Standing at this podium, challenging you all to uphold justice. Justice for the beautiful children living in circumstances out of their control. Justice for the children who watch me here today and feel so inspired to pick up a book or a brick. Justice for my ancestors who gave up their lives just for me to speak. And Justice for the generation who cannot yet speak for themselves.”


Graduate Chantel Kemp calls the attendees to action in her remarks about Justice.

We will be publishing full speech texts from the event on our blog over the next week. Visit our Image Gallery for more photos from graduation.

The full list of graduate award recipients:

Punctuality and Attendance Awards:
Keshane Gumby
Kenneth Young

Most Improved Awards:
Porch’e Brown
Daniel Silvia

Reliability Award:
Kittima Gladney

Leadership Awards:
Clifton Bryant
Maria Luisa Martins

Justice Award:
Je’Jae Daniels

Service Ethic Awards:
Sonia Foudtaine
Roger Nunez

Sustainability Awards:
Chantel Kemp
Tyrone Robinson

Integrity Awards:
Shemire Samuels
Marcus Staton

Kiara Harris Peacemaker Award:
Asha Dykes

Force Awards:
Keenan Edwards
Adah Hill

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