Dishaun Harris aka "Native Praxis"
Co-Founder & Urban Farmer
Praxis was born & raised in New Haven, is an alumna from North Carolina A&T State University and has been urban farming and teaching about nature in New Haven for 8 years. Four of those years were spent working as Farmer & Environmental Educator for Common Ground H.S. while volunteering with local organizations such as New Haven Farms, New Haven Land Trust, Yale Sustainable Food Project, & Yale Botanical Gardens. In addition to working for and volunteering with key local agricultural organizations, Praxis has spent his time assisting local community gardens with start-up, maintenance & garden essentials as well as facilitating after school Garden Club programs.
Dishaun is an alumnus of Soul Fire Farm’s Black-Latinx Farmer Immersion (BLFI), the BLFI Train the Trainers Immersion and the first Soul Fire Builders Immersion. He is also a proud member of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network (NEFOC).
Raven A. Blake
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Raven is an Elm City native and seasoned hospitality professional with an undergraduate degree in Hospitality and Food Service Management from Syracuse University. She has worked in various parts of the hospitality and wine industries, with her knowledge culminating from her work in various restaurants in NY & CT, Bedell Cellars winery, Wine Enthusiast Magazine and as a founding senior sales rep/manager for multiple boutique wine shops. She is a recent graduate of the health-supportive Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York, NY. From living through the affects that result from failed food systems within her community, to working in what may seem like a perfect and glamorous food industry, her motivation for co-founding Love Fed is rooted in her unwavering belief that healthy and affordable food and safe environments are a human right for all.
Raven is an alumnus of Soul Fire Farm’s Black-Latinx Farmer Immersion (BLFI), and participated as a member of the Kitchen Team for the first BLFI facilitated in Spanish. She is also a proud member of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network (NEFOC).