The 2019 Fellows


The 2019 cohort is deeply rooted in land, seeds, and cultural sovereignty. The cohort’s leaders are actively working to reclaim, own, and share land and practices that re-root the food system closer to indigenous and immigrant cultural practices. The cohort’s work connects food to culture as a means of practicing liberation, health, community-building, and bringing people closer to the roots of what food means to us as people.

Our vision is realized through these amazing leaders.

Meet Our 2019 Fellows

Erika Allen
Co-Founder and CEO of Operations Urban Growers Collective

Shorlette Ammons
Equity in Food Systems Associate/CORE Team Lead
Center for Environmental Farming Systems

Leonard Diggs
Director of Operations and Farming
Pie Ranch

Mark Winston Griffith

Lilian Hill
Executive Director
Native Food Sovereignty Alliance

Martin Lemos
Interim Executive Director
Deputy Director
National Young Farmers Coalition

Geeta Maker-Clark
Director, Integrative Medical Education, Culinary Medicine
Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago

Emily Moose
Executive Director
A Greener World

Ma'raj Sheikh
Grassroots Director
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Aileen Suzara
Founder, Manager

Rowen White
National Program Coordinator
Indigenous Seedkeepers Network

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