August 10, 2016
Our team member joins the 100 People of Newark Mulitmedia Project
We love our home of Newark, New Jersey almost as much as we love our team. And when a valued member of our team is about to get some major recognition, we cannot keep it to ourselves.
Meet our Safety Manager Chasity Diaz. Chasity has been with AeroFarms for a year and a half, and in that time, she has grown from a Machine Tech, to Safety Manager at the largest indoor vertical farm in the world. Chasity has been selected as a featured story in the upcoming multimedia project “100 People: Newark,” sponsored by PSEG. The project is intended to celebrate the diversity and vibrance of the people of Newark in honor of the city’s 350th anniversary.
Chasity has spent more than four years in Newark and before taking her position at AeroFarms, she worked with our partner, the Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC), executing community development projects such as planting trees, setting up a farmers market and installing street art.
Chasity found a passion for construction and service concurrently in a high school program. “When I was in high school, we did 4 hours of school work and 5 hours of community service everyday. I would always take the construction part of the community service,” she said.
She still volunteers with the ICC twice a week, working in the community garden with her 8-year-old son on weekends. Chasity says that the fact that AeroFarms was in her neighborhood is what initially drew her to join our team. But, she quickly got on board with our mission to benefit communities with healthy food and job creation.
“Once i researched the company a little bit, I got really interested in that fact that it deals with greens and growing food in the area,” she said.
Now Chasity manages the safety of our 70,000 sq. ft. farm site at 212 Rome Street, while keeping a close eye on the 30,000 sq. ft. farm at 400 Ferry that she oversaw before moving to the new property.
Chasity said that the shoot for the 100 People: Newark project was definitely a fun day at work. “It was very interesting. It was my first time on camera talking. It was cool that I got to explain about the job,” she said.
We’re incredibly proud to have a member of our team as part of this project. Keep checking back to see the final 100 People:Newark Collection when it debuts!