A Birmingham, Alabama native who is extremely passionate about the power of food and education. For the past several years, Tiesha has dedicated herself to the work of educating herself as well as other individuals on the importance and daily needs of having access to healthy foods. This work includes educating both students and adults on how to gain such access to such through the power of growing local organic produce, basic agricultural practices and teaching basic cooking skills. On a normal day, you can find Tiesha in an urban garden, growing and nurturing, both, fresh produce and unique individuals.
The mission of Fountain Heights Farms is to improve the quality of life for the current residents of the historic Fountain Heights community of Birmingham, Alabama, through long term land stewardship by community-led urban agricultural cooperatives focused on meeting the immediate and basic need for healthy fresh foods, and through culturally responsive community education and employment programs that support and inform urban agricultural initiatives in historically underserved areas of Birmingham, Alabama.
Our approach includes:
- Meeting community needs for healthy, fresh foods.
- Meeting community needs for flexible, self-guided employment.
- Meeting community needs for culturally inclusive and responsive education lead by people reflective of our community.
Year(s) Awarded: 2017