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Ear to the Ground Series - A Transfer of Wisdom Through Conversation
Black Women in Horticulture with Abra Lee March 27, 2021

"Black Women in Horticulture"

From the ordinary to the extraordinary Black women have made their mark on American horticultural history. In this conversation, Abra Lee will discuss how these women used plants as their love language to express pride in the community and self.


Abra Lee is a national speaker, writer, and owner of Conquer the Soil, a platform that combines Black garden history and current events to raise awareness of horticulture. She has spent a whole lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist, extension agent, airport landscape manager, and more. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals.

Chef Kevin Mitchell, a Nathalie Dupree Graduate Fellow of the Southern Foodways Alliance, has a reputation for expertise on African American cuisine and became the first African American Chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston in 2008. 


Chef Jason Wallace is a distinguished Culinary Institute of America alum, former Executive Chef, General Manager and College Professor turned Restaurant Consultant. Wallace has successfully offered his professional expertise for more than 30 years to numerous restaurants in various phases of operations including start-up, existing, and brand expansion.


Chef Tia McDonald serves as the Director of Culinary Programming, where she is responsible for shaping the vision and implementation of food-focused programs for K-12 students. She believes that Every Child Deserves a Great Meal and became passionate about serving food that reflected her Southern heritage.

"Panel of Black Chefs moderated by Chef Matthew Raiford
A Conversation with Wise Women, moderated by Michelle Lee

Learn how the knowledge of the elders is preserved and passed down by word of mouth in our diasporic and indigenous communities. The Wise Women are the keeper of our traditions and hold the knowledge and history of generations.


The author of Working The Roots, Michele Elizabeth Lee will moderate a conversation with a panel of three Wise Women; Mia Melva Burns, Iyalode Kinney, and Dorathy Barker. These elders will share healing practices from the land that encompasses ancestral wisdom to 21st century strategies that continue to hold Black families since Africans landed in the diaspora.  Register TODAY to learn why it’s crucial to pass this information to the next generation and moreover, remember the role of wise women in our communities

Michele Lee’s Blog

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