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Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
When an organization exists for the purpose of helping others, the managers of the organization must be focused on the mission without losing sight of the people they are helping. Therefore, we must be selective in the people we welcome into the Farm Up Jamaica family. As farmers look to us for guidance, we look to each other.
Neil Curtis is the Air Rights Specialist at Douglas Ellman's Curtis Group which is making high-rise development possible in New York City. Although he is dedicated to the development of NYC's architectural landscape, he has decided to pursue a long-time heart-felt objective to tackle the current economic crisis in Jamaica through the revitalization of agriculture with climate smart organic farming. With a strong family history in Jamaican farming, Neil understands the value and tradition of farming to live.
In 2013, during the Jamaica Diaspora Conference, Neil met Diaspora from the US, UK and Canada who shared a common, heart-felt concern regarding the underutilized agricultural sector. In contrast to Tourism, which represents 60% of the Jamaican Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Agriculture only represents 6% of the economy. Together, the Diaspora organized to form Farm Up Jamaica Ltd. which would work to help safeguard job & food security in addition to reducing crime through large-scale cultivation of organic produce.
DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
SECRETARY | RESEARCH DIRECTOR
Harold has extensive international non-profit experience and knows how to work under pressure. With an in-depth knowledge of social interaction as a pastor and Non-Governmental Organizational management, Harold is also our Director of International Relations.
Harold experience includes a mission trip to Africa, Equatorial Guinea. In 2005, he organized a 2 week social interaction retreat. He has also served as Executive Director of the Board of Aid Santiago Fire Department from 1995 to 2000 which consisted of development & execution of a fundraising plan, training, and modernization of the Fire Department of Santiago, Dominican Republic. His worked impacted more than 600 people for over 5 years. Converting the Santiago Fire Department to the most modern and well-equipped in the Fire Department in the Caribbean.
Daihana is currently the family estate Director and heirloom Manager in the Dominican Republic for her parents. Her agricultural interest and involvement developed through her continual participation in agricultural projects abroad. Daihana’s involvement in Farm Up Jamaica can be much attributed to her global interest in economic revitalization. As the former President of the Environmental Club in Nassau County, Long Island, she is an advocate and believer of the increasing demand for organic food across the globe. She has projected that through consistent and honest efforts, organic agriculture can help employ and feed many of the people in Jamaica. As Secretary and Research Director for Farm Up Jamaica, Daihana tracks important trends, agricultural technologies and develops strategies to help keep Farm Up Jamaica on track to meeting its goals to feed a nation sustainably.
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
DIRECTOR OF MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS
While employed at Aramark, Naala pursued her dream to develop a restaurant reflective of her Jamaican roots. In 2004, she opened a Caribben restaurant, Dunns River Lounge. Though intended to be a hobby, with Naala’s marketing & branding expertise, the restaurant quickly became a successful full-time business which has now been in operation for over ten years.
Today, Naala serves on the Board of Farm Up Jamaica where she is able to leverage her marketing & branding expertise to help build awareness and raise funds for her home country.
Founder and CEO or Irie Jam Media Group, New York, Robert has spearheaded the company to becoming the most listened to Caribbean radio Station and organizer of some of Tri-State’s largest events. Robert brings his experience in Media to effectively carry out the message of Farm Up Jamaica