Sean-Michael Fleming • Co-Founder, Executive Director
Sean is an artist, graphic designer, and writer who decided “to use his powers for good.” He has a deep love and concern for the natural world, and believes sustainable urban agriculture is the key to fostering important discussions about the relationship between environmental and human health. Sean was a co-founder and board member of New York Buyers' Club (NYBC), a nonprofit organization that served the HIV/AIDS community for ten years. As a graphic and web designer, he has worked with diverse clientele including NYBC, Great Small Works, American Community Gardening Association, and New York City Community Garden Coalition, where he was also a member of their Board of Directors for three years. He has served as director of the Woodbine Street Block Association Garden for the past nine years, and is an 18-year resident of Bushwick.
Victor Flores • Farmer/Educator, Bushwick Campus Farm
EcoStation's new farmer/educator at Bushwick Campus Farm brings with him new perspectives and approaches to our sustainable urban farming, food justice, and educational programs. Victor has extensive experience in youth empowerment, education, leadership, indigenous rights, and social permaculture. Born and raised in Ecuador inside a Native American community (akin to an "Indian reservation" here in the U.S.), Victor learned about farming and permaculture first-hand on his family's farm. He then pursued formal training in agricultural science at Instituto Tecnológico Luis Ulpiano De la Torre and UNORCAC, both in Ecuador. He next came to New York to study English, which led to opportunities to study at Ben-Gurion University's Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Water Efficiency for Agriculture Center, both in Israel. Currently, Victor is continuing his studies and conducting research at Brooklyn College's Urban Soil Institute.
Natalie Goncharov • Manager, Bushwick Farmers' Market
Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and raised in New York City, Natalie has been a supporter and organizer with Ecostation:NY since its inception. She has a long history of political and community organizing and a passion for food justice. Natalie holds a BS in Politics, Philosophy, and Law with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Binghamton University. Currently she work as a Asylum Paralegal at Immigration Equality, a national leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and HIV-positive immigration rights. When not working she spends her time raising her son, EcoStation’s youngest volunteer.
Domingo Morales • Compost Manager, Bushwick Campus Farm
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Iyeshima Harris • Community Organizer, Food Justice Team
Iyeshima became involved with EcoStation as a freshman in high school and helped develop the Bushwick Campus Farm as a way to connect with nature - something she struggled with since moving to the New York from her native Jamaica. She is now a Youth Leader and Co-Manager of Bushwick Campus Farm Summer Program, and is involved with Lunch4Learning, a campaign run in partnership with Community Food Advocates and ESNY’s Youth Food Policy Council. Currently enrolled at York College, Iyeshima dreams of being a successful biomedical research scientist, so she can give back to the hands that fed her. She is passionate about educating her peers on food justice and its importance.
Kristina Erskine • Community Organizer, Food Justice Team
Like Iyeshima, Kristina became involved with EcoStation as a freshman in high school and helped develop the Bushwick Campus farm. She now co-manages the Bushwick Campus Youth Food Policy Council, which helps guide food decisions at the Bushwick Campus, thus changing the way students eat and think about food. Kristina loves sharing fresh picked vegetables with her family and creating dishes inspired by her family's Caribbean, Indian, and Chinese heritage. Kristina is now enrolled at Medgar Evers College, studying environmental justice and creative writing.