Urban Farming, Community Activism and Family A Black Chef’s Journey

Denzel Mitchell Jr. has served as an educator, organizer, cook, librarian and farmer. He and other urban agriculturalists worked together to organize and found the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. In November 2012, he completed Future Harvest-CASA’s Beginning Farmer Training Program and then with the help of a chef and food historian, he brought a nearly-forgotten heirloom, Baltimore’s Fish Pepper, back to the Chesapeake region’s culinary palette. He, his family, and a cadre of supporters and volunteers operated Five Seeds Farm from 2008 until 2016. From 2012 to spring of 2017, Denzel mentored several new farmers, organized farmers’ markets, advised others in starting small farms, community gardens, food co-ops and food businesses.

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