Yahshua's background is in AgriTech and Urban Farming/Planning in Natural Resources and Agriculture. He graduated from UConn Extension in the 2022 Urban Farming Training, studying soil health, agricultural practices, pest control, composting, and vegetable production. He also has experience in focus research with mycelium, hemp, and coconut coir. After that, Yahshua began his career full-time doing outreach, program analyzing, and consulting strategic DEI planning in urban agriculture. Soon, Yahshua will be completing a coding certification; one of his goals is to bring useful technologies to BIPOC Connecticut Farmers.
Yahshua is also a decorated Army Veteran. He has received two medals - Army Achievement Award and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He served in the United States Army Reserves as a 92F.
When did you join NEST?
Why did you decide to join NEST?
I joined NEST to engage and build with people of The Valley; focusing on addressing food justice, sustainability, and food apartheid, especially in Black and Brown communities.
What is it about NEST that keeps you engaged with the work/mission?
NEST is a welcoming, safe haven for the neighborhoods it serves. The organization is rooted in many communities and never misses a moment to make impactful contributions. The people I work with are passionate about Waterbury, The Valley, and Connecticut.
Looking forward, what are your greatest hopes for the future of NEST?
My greatest hopes for the future of NEST are to continue to address environmental justice in Waterbury and grow healthy foods for communities while using organic practices. Also to help more Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ people with housing resources.
What are 3 things you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy roller skating, nature hiking, and theatre/improv.