Nurturing cultural heritage through plants

These cultivators stand as living connectors to the historical roots of Black plant traditions, illuminating the significant roles these plants and practices play in contemporary society. Click on each image to explore their important work. Meet several of the cultivators discuss their work in the recorded webinar "Verdant Views: Cultivators of Celebration."

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Taylor Rae

Dedicated to preserving and honoring Black and Indigenous herbal traditions, fostering healing relationships between people and plants.

Colah B. Tawkin

Advocates for diversity within the world of horticulture, centering the past, present, and future of plants and Black culture.

Karen Washington

Karen supports past, present, and future Black farmers and communities in their pursuit of food justice.

Ron Finley

An invaluable guide for communities seeking to reclaim food sovereignty, transcend structural barriers and be resilient and resourceful.

Soul Fire Farm Institute

An Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system

Christa Núñez

Dedicated to providing opportunity and support to families to celebrate joyous experiences in nature and preserving agricultural knowledge.

Dr. Jessica B. Harris

A distinguished culinary historian and author who delves into the rich tapestry of African American foodways and the enduring influence of enslaved Africans on American cuisine.

Dr. Nia Nunn

As the president of the board of directors, Dr. Nia Nunn is committed to uplifting and celebrating Black experiences and voices at Southside Community Center.

Candace Foster

Owner of Nu Spice catering, which fosters a deeper appreciation for the cultural significance and sustainability of our culinary traditions.

amanda david

Amanda david offers programs that highlight the wisdom and cultural significance of traditional herbalism and environmental stewardship within the Black community.

Chef Kuukua Yomekpe

At Asempe Kitchen, Chef Kuukua advocates for the preservation of traditional culinary practices that nourish both the body and the spirit.

Abra Lee

Horticulturist Abra Lee recovers the lost folklore of Black garden history and celebrates the legacy of ancestors who laid the foundations for America’s horticultural landscape, especially Black women.

Shereel Washington

Shereel serves diverse ethnic communities in promoting natural health care and wellness through plant medicine.

Jakara Zellner

Meet the curator of this exhibit.