Sheryll Durrant has been the Resident Garden Manager at Kelly School Garden since 2016. She is also the Food and Nutrition Coordinator for New Roots Community Farm, managed by International Rescue Committee (IRC). She is an urban farmer, educator and food justice advocate and a 2015 graduate of Farm School NYC. Her work has included developing community-based urban agriculture projects, providing expertise and technical assistance for gardens within supportive housing developments. Sheryll has led workshops and spoken on issues related to urban agriculture and food justice for many key organizations. As a former Design Trust fellow for the Farming Concrete project, she is now responsible for communications and outreach for this data collection platform that helps urban farmers and gardeners measure the impact of their work. Prior to her work in urban agriculture, Sheryll also has over 20 years in corporate and institutional marketing.
Bruce Zeines is the General Manager, responsible for operations, development, design, promotion and youth programming at KSG. He is a graphic artist and spent 35 years as an art director. He is a founding parent of Brooklyn Free School (BFS) which focuses on child centered learning. He has taught drawing to young people at BFS, as well for The Laundromat Project and The Hunts Point Library. At KSG he has been committed to engaging youth with art. He has completed several projects funded by the Bronx Council for the Arts and is a 2017 BRIO (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) winner.
Renee Keitt is a 2017 FarmSchool NYC graduate and has been working at KSG for the past 2 seasons. She has become the defacto manager overseeing volunteer groups, crop planning and several of her own projects which includes seed saving, herbal products, and cultivating mushrooms. She has been invited to participate in the 2019-2020 HEAL School of Political Leadership. Previously she was the garden manager for garden Chenchita’s Garden in Manhattan and sits on the board of the NYC Community Garden Coalition.
Faylyn Bonas has been a Kelly Street resident for two decades and was instrumental in helping the garden since its’ inception. She currently manages the Farming Concrete data collection tool which keeps track of production, harvest, volunteer hours and food distribution. She is an artist and has conducted several workshops in arts and crafts for Banana Kelly and The Laundromat Project.