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Sawdayah Kaliaha

Programs Associate - DreamYard Project
Board Member of the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust

Sawdayah’s (pronounced like the English words 'saw-day(hard 'a')-ya.' ) about how things work and love for aesthetics & experiential learning ignited a life-long relationship with education & creation. Upon graduating from Howard University in 2011 with a BA in Africana Studies she discovered a need to cultivate herself in the science & art of growing plants for sustenance. She has worked as a farm intern at Fat Blossom Farm in Allegan, MI & at Brother Nature Produce in Detroit, MI and also served as a lead intern and co-facilitator of D-Town Farm’s first Summer Internship, also in Detroit. Sawdayah participated in NC A&T State University’s Agricultural Education Program as a Masters student. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as an Environmental Educator for Harlem Seeds’ summer program and worked as a Pre-K Nutrition Educator at Harlem Children’s Zone. Sawdayah familiarized her students, their families, and staff with the nutritional benefits of fresh produce, grocery shopping strategies, and creating their own garden spaces to grow produce. From 2015-2018, Sawdayah served as the Director of Youth Programming at The Youth Farm in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and a teaching artist for MoCADA (the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts), facilitating art projects in the theme of agriculture. Sawdayah continues to wear many hats as a board member for the Brooklyn-Queens Land Trust (BQLT), a co-founder of the new Back to Black Farming and Wellness Cooperative, and a Programs Associate of arts programming at DreamYard Project.