Yanna Muriel

Yanna Muriel
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico Cohort Start Year: 2017 Project Topics: Environmental Justice, Food Systems and Nutrition Population Served: Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories
Agricultural Manager
Visit Rico

Puerto Rico, the oldest colony in the world, is not food sovereign. While the organic farming industry continues to increase, small-scale farmers are disappearing. For more than a decade, I have been supporting local initiatives to build healthy food systems. Visit Rico, Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico, Efecto Sombrilla, and our organic farmers’ markets together help strengthen the work of urban and rural farmers who believe in building self-sufficient communities based on the vital power of seeds to produce nourishing meals.

I have seen and helped move food through all spectrums of the value chain. As a farmworker, farmer, market vendor, assistant cook, market coordinator, and agricultural activist, I have found that food is an important aspect of any culture, yet its cultivation has become undignified. As a mother, I am pushed to do this work because I feel I do not have any other choice; it is the only way I can secure a sustainable present and future for my children and thereafter.

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