Jacqui Roytman created the SNAP (Science.Nature.Art.Play) to Grow project in 2006, combining her passion and interest in urban agriculture and sustainability with her passion and life long commitment to teaching the arts, helping children achieve a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. In 2013 after Hurricane Sandy hit, she had an extraordinary opportunity to partner with several local city organizations and a private institution to found the SNAP to Grow Urban Farm and Learning Garden.
Programs at the farm include an emphasis on permaculture, sustainability methods, farm to table gardening and cooking education.
In addition to her current work at the farm, Jacqui currently is the garden educator/farm manager for the Spring Creek Recreational Fund at Spring Creek Towers in East New York.
Here she has facilitated the creation and maintenance of the outdoor school garden and indoor aquaponics/hydroponic lab.
She is responsible for the design, maintenance and implementation of the year round garden curriculum ( prek-5th). It incorporates the Journey North Citizen Science, Edible Schoolyard NYC and Life Lab curricula with a specialized STEM based, hands -component.
She is on a team of local urban agricultural educators working on developing an aquaponic STEM based curriculum to be used in the NYC public schools.
Jacqui is a graduate of GROW NYC FarmRoots and Beginner Farmers program
Oko Farm - 2016/17 Adult apprenticeship program
Certified FLED - The Cookbook Project
Allergic to Salad- cooking educator
Food Justice- former board member of the Bay Ridge Food Coop - charter member
Most of all Jacqui looks forward to bringing all of these new exciting ideas and discoveries to the SNAP to Grow Urban Farm, where each new season, she along with the fantastic team of farmers that she works with, can continue to farm the land, cook for people and teach them how to achieve the wonderful balance of growing, buying local and cooking Delicious Food!!!!!