Dishaun Harris aka "Native Praxis" aka “Farmer D”
Co-Founder & Urban Farmer
Praxis was born & raised in New Haven, is an alumna from North Carolina A&T State University for Political Science and has been urban farming and teaching about nature in New Haven for over 9 years. Four of those years were spent working as Farmer & Environmental Educator for Common Ground High School 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 and summer gardening programs.
Dishaun is an alumnus of Soul Fire Farm’s BIPOC FIRE Farmer Immersion (Black-Indigenous-People-of-Color Farming in Relationship with Earth; formerly the Black-Latinx Farmer Immersion aka BLFI), the BIPOC FIRE 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 & Culinarian
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 senior sales rep/manager for multiple boutique wine shops. She is a graduate of the health-supportive Chef Training Program at the Natural Gourmet Institute (now the Natural Gourmet Center at Institute of Culinary Education) in New York, NY. From living through the affects of 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 as well as safe and healthy environments are a human right.
Raven is an alumnus of Soul Fire Farm’s BIPOC FIRE Farmer Immersion (Black-Indigenous-People-of-Color Farming in Relationship with Earth; formerly the Black-Latinx Farmer Immersion aka BLFI), and participated as a member of the Kitchen Team for the first BIPOC FIRE immersion facilitated in Spanish. She is also a proud member of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network (NEFOC) and the New Haven Food Policy Council.