Our Team

Ian Evans

Ian Evans is a fourth generation Brooklynite who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Sustainability with a Minor in Health and Nutrition. He is an urban farmer who transformed his Brooklyn backyard into a permaculture garden space that has seven hens. He turned his love of nature and animals into a productive hobby. As well as having a background in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and vocational training in plumbing and electrical maintenance. He is an intellectual who isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Ian works in food justice to address food deserts and do his part in reversing climate change.

Moustafa Machaal

Moustafa is a primitive skill instructor who loves the outdoors. Building is where Moustafa most feels in his element. He can apply his unique brand of problem solving skills to build the impossible. His industirious work ethic and enternaing personality make him an irreplacable member of our team.

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz

Gabriela Miranda-Diaz, a Puerto Rican/ Ecuadorian, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, has been an outspoken advocate for social and environmental equity since childhood. She has presented on these topics at various venues, including Medgar Evers College, CUNY and the American Museum of Natural History. Gabriela has conducted scientific research in Conservation Biology and Food Justice with the American Museum of Natural History and the Mellon Transfer Student Research Program at Brooklyn College. She has worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society as a docent/educator, and more recently, with the Environmental Education Program at Wave Hill Public Garden. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Communications in the CUNY BA program.

Ciana Perez

Ciana Perez was born in Dallas, Texas. Since childhood, she dreamed of being a scientist and an educator. Ciana is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with a focus in renewable energy at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She  interned with Syracuse University's Center for Sustainable Community Solutions. Her goal is to make solar panels more affordable and readily available for the masses.