Staff

Sav Thomas

Sav is a 4th-generation Black American farmer-organizer based in central Vermont where they live and grow with a small community of Black landworkers. Sav brings 9 years of community organizing experience to NYF. They love raising chickens, studies herbalism, and understands that racial

Payge Lindow

Payge has spent the past two years learning from Michigan organic farmers as a farmhand and Agroecology student. Her time spent in the soil and research on food-insecurity have formed her passion for food sovereignty. She is a recent graduate of

Jac Wypler

Jaclyn (or Jac) helps facilitate the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) in the Northeast. After working on farms and with agriculture nonprofits, Jac entered graduate school to study how power impacts farming communities and marginalized farmers’ resistance strategies.

Megan Davey

Megan grew up in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, and is inspired by working to make local and regional food systems more holistic, inclusive, and equitable. Prior to joining Young Farmers, Megan worked as a food security coordinator for a

Eli Tizcareño

Eli is a first-generation Mexican American born on the land of the Tataviam people in the San Fernando Valley of greater Los Angeles, CA. Eli brings 10 years of experience in youth development, urban agriculture, training and facilitation, campaign development,

Shakera Raygoza

Shakera is a registered nurse and mother of three children. She operates Terra Preta Farm in Edinburg Texas with her husband where they produce certified organic vegetables for markets, a CSA, and wholesale.

Sonia Sullivan

Prior to joining the Young Farmers team, Sonia provided strategic consulting to agricultural entrepreneurs and program design and management to farm- and food-focused organizations. Projects have ranged from facilitating regional campaigns and producer groups, to managing a farm and food

Lytisha Wyatt

Lytisha comes to Young Farmers with experience managing communications for Soul Fire Farm, as well as several years of commercial farming, poultry processing, and food service industry work. Lytisha graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Health and Human

Abel Ruiz

I am originally from a rural community in Zacatecas, Mexico but have called Santa Ana, California my home for more than half of my life. I love Santa Ana because it has deep roots back to my culture. “Agriculture runs

Vanessa García Polanco

Vanessa is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, and she brings her identities and experiences to shape her advocacy and research activities. Vanessa is a graduate from Michigan State University and the University of Rhode Island. She has worked with Food Solutions New

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