Village Family Farms
Program Director: Jamal Rahkeera
Jamal Rahkeera, a successful welder, A self-cultivated trailblazer and pioneer for urban agriculture in Cleveland Ohio, Jamel leads the team that transformed abandoned plots of land into Cleveland’s first black owned and operated farm and farmers market. Growing up in the same neighborhood as the farm Jamel spearheads projects to empower, educate, and employ aged out foster youth in the fields of urban agriculture, urban apiculture, as well as urban ecological conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation. It is this same passion for food access and community that has Jamel setting up Village markets in Cleveland’s largest senior communities and in the food deserts of Cleveland, building up the Historical Hough neighborhood from the Village out as Cleveland’s urban agricultural epicenter.
a year –round, all natural, culturally oriented production farm that incorporates ancient indigenous farming techniques in the growing process, as well as a seasonal farmers market, where the community can purchase clean, all naturally grown, freshly harvested local foods. Supplying food to an area that USDA has declared a food desert, Village Family Farms is living up to it s mission statement of “providing fresh locally grown produce to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them”, by hosting weekly markets on location and other various locations throughout the city Village Family Farms provides produce for some of Cleveland’s largest senior communities, and is a trailblazer for urban farmers in the city by holding its own at some of Cleveland’s largest farmers markets.
TEAMGROW is the life giving force that keeps the Village centered culturally and as a family, they handle all the daily operations on the farm. Village Family Farms and TEAMGROW are positioned in the community to educate and empower its members on not only the ins and outs of urban agriculture but also food security and sustainability as well as healthy lifestyles and living. Partnering with the local library and Cleveland MetroParks TEAMGROW hosts workshops and training sessions teaching all things urban agriculture related as well as beneficial optimal health related subjects. In addition to teaching the community about gardening, urban farming, and optimal health The Village is taking on interns and will be holding summer youth gardening programs.