Ysanet Batista is the founder of Woke Foods, a food justice worker-owned cooperative that uses plant based food and farming as a tool of empowerment for people in her community to heal from trauma, engage in community activism and decolonize their diets. A queer Black-Dominican woman raised between Harlem, Florida and the Dominican Republic who proudly started her business while still on food stamps, Ysanet engages with economic need and systemic inequity, doing work that unpacks historical racial tensions, teaches holism through herbs & plants, and uses her platform to speak out against racial economic injustice on behalf of fellow small business owners of color in New York City.

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