Environmental stewardship.

Environmental stewardship refers to responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices. Aldo Leopold (1887–1949) championed environmental stewardship based on a land ethic "dealing with man's relation to land and to the animals and plants which grow upon it.

Different types of environmental stewards

There are 3 types of environmental stewards: doers, donors, and practitioners. Doers go out and help the cause by taking action. For example, the doers in an oil spill would be the volunteers that go along the beach and help clean up the oil from the beaches. A donor is the person that financially helps the cause. They can do anything from donating their money, to having galas or other fundraisers. They are typically governmental agencies. Lastly there are practitioners. They work on a day-to-day basis to steer governmental agencies, scientists, stakeholder groups, or any other group toward a stewardship outcome. Together these 3 groups make up environmental stewards and with the help keep the ecosystem running healthily. Anybody can be an environmental steward by being aware and knowledgeable of the world around them and making sure they do as little as possible to negatively impact our world. Without these groups it would be hard to get any sort of sustainability in our increasingly technology, pollution, industrial based world.

Team a collected group of committed engagers.

Anita Adalja

Anita Adalja has a passion for connecting others with the world around them through gardening and farming.  She has extensive social service experience and has applied horticultural therapy skills with individuals ranging from children to formerly homeless adults and incarcerated individuals.  At Adopt-A-Farmbox, Anita will be getting her hands dirty along with you and encouraging you to take in the free therapy that is provided by the earth!


Yemi Amu

Yemi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria where she was taught Agricultural Science as part of her childhood education. That simple seed planted in her youth led to a career as a Food & Health Educator which encompasses cooking and growing food as a tool for inspiring children and adults of various backgrounds toward a positive relationship with food.  She is excited to bring her experience as an educator and creativity in the kitchen to the Adopt-a-Farmbox initiative.


Aki Hirata-Baker

A mother of 2, community activist, photographer, yoga teacher, and holistic nutritionist living in Brooklyn, New York.   Her experiences in these diverse fields makes Aki aware that community building must be inclusive and wholistic in its approach to food insecurity; healthy living; and creating a sustainable environment for future generations. Armed with her motto – ‘teaching by example’, Aki co-founded the Adopt-A-Farmbox initiative to create a tiny ripple that she believes will lead to massive wave of change in the near future.


Ronald Hugh Baker

A farmer since the age of 5, Ron has always been conscious of the power and abundance of nature.  Upon moving to NYC from rural village of Jamaica, he acutely felt the lack of fresh food and healthy life-style that was a norm to him.   Propelled by his love for nature, and a sense of responsibility to both his children and children living in his community, he utilized his skill of construction management to co-found Adopt-A-Farmbox. His goal is to create nurturing food communities throughout areas in New York City where food insecurity and diet-related health issues are major hindrances.


Bryan Collins & Brett Erickson

A Brooklyn based design team, with combined twenty years design experience including:  branding, web, fashion, and music packaging. Brett and Bryan aim to work on design projects with a deeper purpose. Brett grew up enjoying vegetables from her father’s garden, and learning to cook from her mother. Brett and Bryan have a strong belief in the nurturing power of food, and are thrilled that their paths led them to work with Adopt-a-Farmbox.


Rian Rooney

Rian Rooney is an undergraduate architecture major at Columbia University. He is interested in green building and design. Last summer Rian spent his time in Austin, TX teaching math and art to middle school students. Although he is not a great chef, Rian loves food and is excited to be working for Adopt-a-Farmbox.

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