Raising Urban Greens
Nov. 17, 2017
Agriculture and farming are the cornerstone of rural life across Georgia. Now, Eugene Cooke is working to bring this practice to the city of Atlanta by helping residents plant fruit and vegetable gardens in their own communities. Eugene’s program, called Grow Where You Are, is a full-service agricultural business that helps design and implement organic farming practices and urban gardening throughout the region. Since 2012, the program has built a robust three-acre farm-to-market site that has served as a research, teaching, and training facility dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and food justice. Eugene’s partner, JoVanna Johnson-Cooke, is heavily involved with the program and also runs her own initiative, MaituFoods, which delivers vegan meals to schools while highlighting the benefits of healthy nutrition through a vegan diet.
Eugene and JoVanna were recently featured in Atlanta Magazine. You can learn more about their work with urban farming practices by reading the article, or visiting the Grow Where You Are or MaituFoods websites.
Eugene Cooke is a member of the 2017 cohort of the Culture of Health Leaders program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Check back soon to learn more about Eugene’s work!
Growing Community Ownership
Oct. 1, 2017
Joelle Robinson, a social scientist with the Food and Drug Administration, joined Culture of Health Leaders in 2016 to develop her skills and network to expand urban agriculture in Washington, D.C. With the program’s support, she hopes to pursue solutions to food insecurity and social inequity by advancing local policy initiatives in the agricultural space. For Joelle, these strategies are key to creating more sustainable communities on a mental, physical, and spiritual level. You can learn more about her work as a Culture of Health Leader on her bio page.
Organizing for Power
Oct. 1, 2017
Felipe joined Culture of Health Leaders in 2016 to build his leadership skills and engage communities to develop local legislation that promotes healthy communities.
At this year’s American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on a panel with other RWJF leaders, Felipe presented on one aspect of his work—working conditions and wages for restaurant employees.
You can learn more about Felipe’s work on his bio page.