Current Leader

Matt Casteel

Matt Casteel
Location: Jackson, Mississippi Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Arts in Health and Healing, Behavioral and Mental Health, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Education, Environmental Justice, Food Systems and Nutrition, Maternal and Infant Health, Obesity, Public, Population and Community Health, Racial Justice Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children (6-11 years), Children and Families, Low-Income Communities, Men's Health, Older Adults (65+), Urban Communities
Healthy Soil Advocate and Founder
wurmworks, llc

Matt is a worm farmer, healthy soil advocate and Founder of wurmworks llc, in Jackson, Miss. He is currently focused on addressing our toxic relationship to organic waste and creating regenerative solutions that bring value to households and communities in the form of food equity and comprehensive nutrition for people and plants. He preaches the gospel of the “Poop Loop” and how creative, yet simple, approaches can help solve big problems in the local Jackson food system and the overall environmental and community health ecosystems.

Matt previously spent 10 years as a humanitarian meeting short-term needs in a reactive manner. After seeing massive corporate investment with little change in the global food system in a decade, he decided to reimagine and re-explore what food equity means on a hyper-local scale. Matt works with farmers, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, nonprofit professionals, and community-based organizations to creatively target the food-related needs most shared by the community.

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