Eugene Cooke began working in the urban agriculture movement in Southern California. He was baptized in urban gardening with a full immersion mentorship with Adonijah Miyamura El in Los Angeles developing Food Forestry at Crenshaw High school. This project was the transformation of an abandoned ¾ acre agriculture center into a subtropical food forest and learning oasis. The 4 years of this apprenticeship deepened Eugene’s awareness to the vital need to restore the soil and encourage tree and vegetable growth in urban areas. Working multiple public and private Food Forestry projects opened opportunities for entrepreneurship, non profit service and meeting motivated community members. Eugene met Rashid Nuri in Los Angeles and after two years of planning they both came to Atlanta in 2006 to begin Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture. Since then, Eugene continued to hone his craft and his love of growing by traveling nationally and internationally to learn from exemplary organizations encouraging local food systems. Eugene has worked in Jamaica with One Love Learning Foundation, in Haiti with League of Hope and traveled to Kenya twice to absorb the richness of possibilities of what small scale, intensive local food systems can be.
At this time the agro-ecological principles of Pierre Rabhi deeply influence his work in urban and suburban areas.
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Author: Paul Berry Executive Director, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue This weekend is Brother Wolf’s third-annual Asheville VeganFest. It’s also the… Read More