Ysanet Batista, Founder, Co-op Manager, and Chef
Ysanet Batista is a queer Black-Dominican woman, born in Harlem, NY and raised in between the Dominican Republic and Hialeah, FL. Ysanet graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI and spent a couple of years working in major hotel companies before transitioning to community based work. When she is not cooking or developing Woke Foods, Ysanet is helping other people start their own worker-cooperative businesses at Green Worker Cooperatives at their Coop Academy. Her passions include holistic cooking, farming, writing, and community organizing. She is inspired by the power and magic of Black and Brown people, the ocean, and the Now. She is currently a student at Farm School NYC earning a certificate in Urban Agriculture.
Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez , Food and Land Educator
Frances A. Pérez-Rodríguez was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York City, and stands in solidarity with the oppressed peoples of the world. She is deeply inspired by the reality of maintaining a healthy relationship with the planet and with one another through connecting with and freeing the land. A Farm School NYC graduate, Frances prides herself on being Woke Foods' Food & Land Education Coordinator, Rise & Root Farm's market manager, and a member of La Finca Del Sur Community Farm where she grows produce and herbs (both for herself and the South Bronx Farmers Market/community), and assists with culturally-relevant programming centered around urban agriculture, food sovereignty, and healing with herbalism, political education, and the ability to reimagine our world. She is a daughter, a youth leader, a community organizer, and above all, seeker of truths.
Maya Reyes, Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Maya identifies as a working class, Queens born and raised Latina with Puerto Rican and Salvadoran ancestry. She believes that food and land sovereignty, and access to healthy foods are human rights and essential to a thriving spirit. Outside of Woke Foods, she also provides development support at North Star Fund, a foundation that supports grassroots organizing in New York, and program and operations support to the Cooperative Economics Alliance of NYC (CEANYC). Her work is driven by a commitment to food systems change, collective liberation, and healing the earth. Outside of work, she is a student at Farm School NYC, and an organizer with Regeneracion Childcare NYC. She graduated with her bachelors in Sociology from Bowdoin College in 2016.
Raina Robinson, Head Chef
Raina is a chef, farmer, and creator born and raised in the Bronx, New York, with an immeasurable love of food, people, and cooperatives! She enjoys cooking and sharing her knowledge of food and agriculture with others, and she hopes to one day open a farm, restaurant, and education center on the farmland her grandmother grew up on in Jamestown, South Carolina. Through hearing her grandmother’s stories of rural living, Raina sought reconnection to the land. She now sees the way graciously digging one’s hands into the soil and preparing a meal from a fresh harvest can transform lives in ways large and small. She is continuously working to share and protect the beauty of Earth’s bounty with others.