Free Public Lecture

Join us for an evening discussion:
Cultivating Justice: African American Values and Experiences in Urban and Rural Agriculture

An interactive panel discussion to share experiences and explore past, present, and future prospects for African Americans engaged in agriculture

Thursday, October 25, 2018
Reception 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Panel 6:00 –8:00 p.m.

NJ Council for the Humanities

Our Panel:

Mchezaji “Che” Axum
Che is the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education in the College of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Mr. Axum leads a team of researchers at UDC’s Firebird Research Farm in Beltsville, MD and oversees UDC's Master Gardening, Specialty and Ethnic Crops and Urban Forestry programs.

Tobias A. Fox Founder, Founder and Managing Director Newark Science & Sustainability, Inc.
Tobias has a decade of experience as a writer and independent publisher. He combines his skills as an organizer, photographer, and urban farmer to coordinate an annual Sustainable Living Empowerment Conference and other workshops that assist urban farmers and gardeners.

Dr. Spencer D. Wood, Associate Professor, Sociology Kansas State University
Spencer has a long-standing interest in rural communities especially regarding dimensions of race, poverty, and land ownership. He is a national expert on land tenure, especially Black land ownership and Black land loss. He serves on the board of Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, and is finishing a book that explores the links between Black land ownership and the civil rights movement in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Meredith Taylor, Research Associate, Rutgers University
Meredith teaches a course on Community Food Justice & Advocacy and oversees the Cook Organic Garden, a community garden space on campus. She also convenes a statewide network and biannual conference called Ag in the City. She is a Master Gardener and avid beekeeper.


Demetrice Mills, President, Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
The Trust owns, operates and stewards 35 community gardens in Brooklyn and Queens. Demetrice was born and raised in North Carolina on a 100-acre farm still owned by his family today. He is a community activist, gardener, and leader working to preserve open space and build community.

This public lecture is free, but a ticket is required. Reserve your tickets by registering online.  You then will be sent instructions on ways to pick up your ticket.  Please note there are a limited number of tickets available. 

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This program was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NJCH.