Sarita Daftary began her career in food justice work as an Americorps VISTA with Just Food in 2003, through which she was placed with United Community Centers, working on the East New York Farms! Project (ENYF). Sarita stayed on as staff with ENYF after her VISTA service was complete, and became the Project Director in March 2006, a position she held until November 2013. During her time at ENYF, Sarita helped to grow the project significantly, while maintaining a focus on developing community leadership, and led ENYF to become a nationally recognized model for youth and community engagement in urban agriculture and community markets. Sarita is currently working as a consultant with the Food Dignity Project, supporting this research effort to document and share stories of community-based food justice work.