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 people achieve a better understanding of themselves and the world around them. In March 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.
At the farm, she directs and creates programs about phenology, permaculture, farm to table gardening, cooking education and community related activities.
The 3 P's - Phenology, Permaculture, Pollinators
In addition to her current work at the farm, Jacqui is the garden educator/farm manager for the Spring Creek Recreational Fund at Spring Creek Towers in East New York.
Here she facilitates the creation and maintenance of the SCRF Urban Garden Classroom and indoor hydroponic/aquaponic lab. She is responsible for the design, maintenance and implementation of a year round garden curriculum. The curriculum incorporates the USA - NPN Nature's Notebook Citizen Science pedagogy, the Edible Schoolyard NYC and Life Lab garden curricula with a specialized STEAM based hands -on component.
In addition to her work with elementary, middle school and high school grades, she works with the Senior Partners of Spring Creek Towers where she has established an intergenerational garden program. Participants learn about garden techniques and garden maintenance skills working with the students on specific projects. Enjoying growing food, sharing experiences and together as a community.
Jacqui is a graduate of GROW NYC FarmRoots and Beginner Farmers program
Certified Master Composter - Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Certified Local Phenology Leader for USA - National Phenology Network
Certified Food Literacy Educator, The Cookbook Project and Allergic to Salad
Garden Consultant and Conservation Leader for Growing A Wild NYC , National Wildlife Federation.
New York City Department of Education Contracted Vendor
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 farm educators she hopes to 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!!!!!