Ian Evans is a fourth generation Brooklynite who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Sustainability with a Minor in Health and Nutrition. He is an urban farmer who transformed his Brooklyn backyard into a permaculture garden space that has seven hens. He turned his love of nature and animals into a productive hobby. As well as having a background in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and vocational training in plumbing and electrical maintenance. He is an intellectual who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Ian works in food justice to address food deserts and do his part in reversing climate change.
Gabriela Miranda-Diaz, a Puerto Rican, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been an outspoken advocate for social and environmental equity since childhood. She has presented on these topics at various venues, including Medgar Evers College, CUNY and the American Museum of Natural History. Gabriela has conducted scientific research in Conservation Biology and Food Justice with the American Museum of Natural History and the Mellon Transfer Student Research Program at Brooklyn College. She has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society as a docent/educator, and more recently, with the Environmental Education Program at Wave Hill Public Garden. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communications in the CUNY BA program.
Chichi & Bowser
Chichi has been a member of the farm for six years. Part dog, part pig, part cow, Chichi is the perfect urban livestock guardian. She holds down the land with possibly a little bit too much enthusiasm. Her ravenous lust for attention and food often gets in the way of her duties. But she is a good girl and regardless, she gets the job done.
Bowser is the new guy on the farm. He's been a member for six months. Bowser is a Jack Russel Pit-bull mix. Overall, he's a chad with a face for television. He's quick and athletic and has the spring of a dolphin. No fence can stop him (which is why we need to build bigger fences). We can also never forget that he is a clingy baby.
Shadow is very elusive. Nobody knows exactly when he first appeared. It was around three years ago, he made his presence know. He's a friendly neighborhood chad who was part of a catch a release program for stray cats. Before coming to stay at YIMBY Farm, Shadow walked into a neighbors living room and ate their turkey sandwich. The owner of the house swears that Shadow has a human face. Now he's YIMBY Farms resident mouse hunter. Cats chose to be domesticated and Shadow is no exception to this rule
BAWK BAWK is what people think when they interact with chickens but they're so much more. Chickens provide eggs and even meat for some people. They have the added benefit of being hards workers who are always scratching around looking for grub. The ladies turn food waste and other organic material into compost.
Shadow is very elusive. Nobody knows exactly when he first appeared. It was around three years ago, he made his presence know. He's a friendly neighborhood chad who was part of a catch a release program for stray cats. Before coming to stay at YIMBY Farm, Shadow walked into a neighbors living room and ate their turkey sandwich. The owner of the house swears that Shadow has a human face. Now he's YIMBY Farms resident mouse hunter. Cats chose to be domesticated and Shadow is no exception to this rule.
The Lone Rabbit
Lalic was abandoned in Marine Park by her past owners. Ian found Lalic at night in the marshlands. This wasn't a native rabbit to the wetlands. She was clearly a domesticated rabbit. Ian couldn't just leave this helpless rabbit in the wilderness alone, so he picked her up and brought her to YIMBY Farm. She has been living on the farm since 2015. Lalic lives outside in a fenced of enclosure all year around and enjoys the company of her noisy chicken neighbors.
Just Like Popcorn
Crickets equal a yummy source of protein. Aite so boom, thats why YIMBY Farm has begun an insect farm. On February 15th, 2021, we welcomed 200 crickets onto the farm. We plan on filling the whole garage with crickets and also try mealworms. Bugs are the most sustainable source of non plant based protein as they can live 100% off food waste.
On February 20th, 2021, we rescued Goop off the streets. He had been attacked by a predator and was waiting for death outside of a flower shop. Gabby named him Goop because it looked as if his intestines were spilling out of his body. We brought him to YIMBY Farm, disinfected his wounds and nursed him back to health. Goop is still recovering and unable to fly. When he fully recovers, we plan on training him to become one of our first messenger pigeons.