we create innovative, yet feasible ecological and educational systems for public and private clients.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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we plan

We listen to your needs and understand your site’s characteristics to create comprehensive and actionable plans that move your project forward. We take our cues from community, city, and master planning ideals and bring them into your project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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we design

Your site is special, it deserves more than a cookie cutter design. We will work with you to create innovative systems that are specific to your place. Our strict design ethics are a big part of us. We work with nature and not against it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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we build

We love to get our hands in our work to build-out and bring all the phases of your project to fruition. Our construction experience range from small school gardens to green roofs and backyard native plant landscapes, we do it all.

 
 
 
 
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we plant

We pour our heart into procuring, planting, and caring for the best indigenous and/or food producing plants for your space. We only use sustainable planting practices based on permaculture, organic, no-till, biodynamic, and regenerative growing principles.

 
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we educate

Our ecological education programs help instill wonder and appreciation for the natural world. We teach students how to grow nutritious food, teach place / project-based educational programs, and use the garden as our stage.

 
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we coordinate

We follow up, maintain, and provide solutions for your systems. Our services don’t always end when the last plant is in the ground; it can continue for years to come as your project evolves.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

our team

 
Fred Wolf  Founder  As Founder of Nature Based, Fred’s work focuses on positive community-centered environmental interactions. Before forming Nature Based, Fred spent three years designing, building, and maintaining green roofs and other environmental systems in New York City. He is the Vice Chair of the Parks Committee for Brooklyn's Community Board 7 where he also sits on the Land Use Committee. He has volunteered with his local council office where he has been the Parks and Environment Committee Facilitator for Participatory Budgeting in his district. He holds a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from Pace University in Manhattan. At Pratt, he focused on green infrastructure design, schoolyard design, community engagement, GIS, and wrote his graduate thesis on Ecological Schoolyard Transformation.  Given the chance, Fred would redesign and convert all of the schoolyards in New York City into ecological schoolyards. Ecological schoolyards pique an urban kid's instinctive desire to explore the environment around them. They provide a lush green space for the community and a real chance at sustainable food security.  Fred might rather be in Red Lodge, Montana fly fishing, herding goats, bartending, taking pictures, skiing, writing, and backpacking in the most amazing place on earth, but he won't tell you that. For now, he tries to live out his life goal as a community-based curmudgeon.

Fred Wolf
Founder

As Founder of Nature Based, Fred’s work focuses on positive community-centered environmental interactions. Before forming Nature Based, Fred spent three years designing, building, and maintaining green roofs and other environmental systems in New York City. He is the Vice Chair of the Parks Committee for Brooklyn's Community Board 7 where he also sits on the Land Use Committee. He has volunteered with his local council office where he has been the Parks and Environment Committee Facilitator for Participatory Budgeting in his district. He holds a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies from Pace University in Manhattan. At Pratt, he focused on green infrastructure design, schoolyard design, community engagement, GIS, and wrote his graduate thesis on Ecological Schoolyard Transformation.

Given the chance, Fred would redesign and convert all of the schoolyards in New York City into ecological schoolyards. Ecological schoolyards pique an urban kid's instinctive desire to explore the environment around them. They provide a lush green space for the community and a real chance at sustainable food security.

Fred might rather be in Red Lodge, Montana fly fishing, herding goats, bartending, taking pictures, skiing, writing, and backpacking in the most amazing place on earth, but he won't tell you that. For now, he tries to live out his life goal as a community-based curmudgeon.

Jo Quiocho  Educator  Jo joined Nature Based during the 2017-18 school year. She’s the brains behind and leads our Farm to Fork garden nutrition science program. She achieved certifications as a Nutrition Educator from Bauman College, Garden and Compost Educator from the Garden for the Environment in San Francisco, Permaculture Designer from the San Francisco Urban Permaculture Institute, and most recently a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University. She worked as a Nutrition Consultant alongside a dietitian for several years, learning the joy and struggles of personal food choices. She has helped design, create, and maintain edible gardens for the Glide Foundation’s Graze the Roof in San Francisco, California, the Institute for Environmental Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Casa Huichol in Guadalajara, Mexico and for the Queens Botanical Children's Garden in Queens, NY.  She strives to educate on the intersection of food and environment, emphasizing human nourishment strongly rooted in the sanctity of our natural resources. These days she is mostly surrounded by food and kids—gardening, cooking, sharing, playing, and eating.

Jo Quiocho
Educator

Jo joined Nature Based during the 2017-18 school year. She’s the brains behind and leads our Farm to Fork garden nutrition science program. She achieved certifications as a Nutrition Educator from Bauman College, Garden and Compost Educator from the Garden for the Environment in San Francisco, Permaculture Designer from the San Francisco Urban Permaculture Institute, and most recently a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University. She worked as a Nutrition Consultant alongside a dietitian for several years, learning the joy and struggles of personal food choices. She has helped design, create, and maintain edible gardens for the Glide Foundation’s Graze the Roof in San Francisco, California, the Institute for Environmental Conservation in Bocas del Toro, Panama, Casa Huichol in Guadalajara, Mexico and for the Queens Botanical Children's Garden in Queens, NY.

She strives to educate on the intersection of food and environment, emphasizing human nourishment strongly rooted in the sanctity of our natural resources. These days she is mostly surrounded by food and kids—gardening, cooking, sharing, playing, and eating.


 
 
 
Jinky Nogales  Educator  A previous middle and high school science teacher, Jinky Nogales joins Nature Based as one of its educators. Her love for nature and passion for working with and teaching children has inspired her to teach younger kids about the natural world around them. She believes that being outdoors in nature, even in an urban setting, fosters curiosity in children and hopes to instill a sense of respect for nature.  Jinky has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Child Development. She has taught in the public schools of San Diego and New York.  Aside from work, you might find Jinky snowboarding in fresh powder during the winter months, camping during the summer, raising her own little nature enthusiast, cooking up a storm for family and friends, or lounging around with a good book.

Jinky Nogales
Educator

A previous middle and high school science teacher, Jinky Nogales joins Nature Based as one of its educators. Her love for nature and passion for working with and teaching children has inspired her to teach younger kids about the natural world around them. She believes that being outdoors in nature, even in an urban setting, fosters curiosity in children and hopes to instill a sense of respect for nature.

Jinky has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Child Development. She has taught in the public schools of San Diego and New York.

Aside from work, you might find Jinky snowboarding in fresh powder during the winter months, camping during the summer, raising her own little nature enthusiast, cooking up a storm for family and friends, or lounging around with a good book.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rosa Karim  Educator  Raised in NC, rooted in NYC, Rosa is a gardener, designer and an artist; passionate about urban farming and its role in promoting food justice in local, urban communities. Rosa’s first experience with the New York City urban farm community was taking a course at Farm School NYC in 2014. In 2017, she participated in the Youth Farm Intensive Certification Program, where she cultivated over 80 crops and flowers on two acres of land in Crown Heights BK. Rosa joined the Nature Based team in the spring of 2018, teaching Pk - K students the joys of gardening and the magic of the plant world.  Rosa’s vision is to grow food, grow partnerships, and grow with community. Her goal is to be an educator of all ages, focusing on connecting the youth with the elders, so the stories are told and the lessons are shared. Rosa believes through grounding in growing, life blossoms into an exciting adventure, where we learn from the past, grow in the present, and build for the future.

Rosa Karim
Educator

Raised in NC, rooted in NYC, Rosa is a gardener, designer and an artist; passionate about urban farming and its role in promoting food justice in local, urban communities. Rosa’s first experience with the New York City urban farm community was taking a course at Farm School NYC in 2014. In 2017, she participated in the Youth Farm Intensive Certification Program, where she cultivated over 80 crops and flowers on two acres of land in Crown Heights BK. Rosa joined the Nature Based team in the spring of 2018, teaching Pk - K students the joys of gardening and the magic of the plant world.

Rosa’s vision is to grow food, grow partnerships, and grow with community. Her goal is to be an educator of all ages, focusing on connecting the youth with the elders, so the stories are told and the lessons are shared. Rosa believes through grounding in growing, life blossoms into an exciting adventure, where we learn from the past, grow in the present, and build for the future.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Our belief

like nature, we’re always changing. we have roots, but we’re never settled. we grow up, but we’re always learning. and it doesn’t stop. we believe there is no end—only a journey.