Green Festival Speakers
Inspired by her experiences as a single working mother in a marginalized community Executive Director Tanya Fields created and founded the BLK ProjeK in 2009.Tanya used her experiences as an underserved, low income woman and mother to inform and enrich the work of several high profile local environmental organizations such as Mothers on the Move, Sustainable South Bronx and the Majora Carter Group. Tanya utilized her network, resources and knowledge to create the BLK Projek.
The BLK ProjeK seeks to create economic development opportunities that address food justice, environmental justice and public and mental health issues. By empowering underserved women of color through political education, beautification of community spaces, urban farming and holistic health programming, and by creating equal access to these enriching experiences for under-served women of color, we strengthen and empower our entire society. The BLK ProjeK understands that sexist policies, cycles of poverty and lack of resources in the community directly result in far too many women being unable to rise out of poverty and sustain their families.
For the last year the BLK ProjeK has run quarterly Bronx Grub community meals. They recently brought the Bronx Grub series to the BMW Guggenheim Lab with over 125 visitors in an hour span. They are currently working with Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo to create an urban farm called the Libertad Urban Farm in the Longwood community in the Bronx and have foraged an formal relationship with Wassiac Community Farm in upstate New York. They nominated for a 2011 Union Square Award and are opening a year long community led farmers market in the Bronx — the Green BLK Market which has received funding to incubate site specific healthy food vendors.
She holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science with a concentration in Black and Hispanic Studies from Baruch College.