My name is Alisha Howard (she/her). I’m a Black woman, born and raised in Northeast Portland. It’s been my dream to grow heritage foods and other plant medicine for Black folks in the Metro area who lack access. I also plan to own and operate a worm farm and continue reclaiming the medicine-making traditions of my great-grandfather. Growing food and medicinal herbs are a vital part of my individual and communal care. I’m excited to share all that I cultivate with my community.
I’m currently the coordinator of advocacy services at Portland State University. I’m a member of Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. I’m also a board member for HOLLA, a mentorship organization for Black & Brown youth. Growing food has helped me navigate the impact of working with people experiencing violence and other disparities. I’m honored to be a Viviane Barnett fellow! I hope to continue gleaning from the wisdom of other BIPOC food system leaders throughout this experience.