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Tanya Fields calls on women to improve the environment

Nia Sanders | 8/28/2014, noon
Tanya Fields has not slowed down since creating her nonprofit group the BLK Projek in 2009. Her “projek” provides women ...
Tanya Fields

Tanya Fields has not slowed down since creating her nonprofit group the BLK Projek in 2009. Her “projek” provides women of color living in disadvantaged areas of New York City with access to local food and entrepreneurial and career activities.

Fields claims that the problems women and their children face in New York City are panoramic. “We are facing environmental conditions—poor air quality, epidemic rates of asthma, low-quality food, dense population and minimal green space.”

Food is of particular concern to her. “People need to breathe, have access to water and get food. We look at two of these elements as important parts of the environment, but somehow forget about food, which is an important element to the environment.”

The South Bronx, the place that Fields calls home, is the borough she is trying to improve the most. In 2009, she created the Libertad Urban Farm, a lot that serves as a community garden. She also runs the South Bronx Mobile Market, a food club that offers city residents nutritious items like beans, eggs, squash and avocado for $30 per week, and holds the Bronx Grub Meal Series, an opportunity for Bronx residents to eat and create connections at the locations where the series is held.

On Aug. 2, she held her second annual “Not Just Talk” summit, which brought together women invested in environmental change at the Point (940 Garrison Ave., Bronx). Speakers engaged in “Tanya Talks,” in which they highlighted their achievements made in helping others.

“It was a really great event,” she added. “We had well over 100 people, and most of the attendees were new, which was exciting.”

The message is clear—she is here to help women continue with their environmental initiatives. “This is about a space where we can tell our narrative and do so in a space that is for us.”

For more information about the BLK Projek, visit ww.theblkprojek.org, follow the organization on Twitter @theblkprojek and like them on Facebook at “BLK Projek.”