Community Food Systems Mentor Profile - Malik Yakini

Community Food Systems Mentor Profile

The Community Food Systems Mentorship Program offers Network members the opportunity to work directly with a food systems expert to support their growth, learn best practices, and connect with seasoned food movement leaders.
Malik Yakini, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network ( 
About Malik:
I have been an activist in Detroit's African-American community for more than 40 years. I am the co-founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. We operate the seven acre D-Town Farm, the Food Warriors Youth Development Program and are spearheading the development of a co-op grocery store. Our work is justice-focused and is rooted in the African cultural continuum, We honor and learn from the past and are future-focused. We have a very sharp critique of the system of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy.
Areas of expertise:
• Board Development
• Visioning
• Strategic Planning
• Leadership Development
• Community Engagement
• Urban Farming
• Anti-Racist Initiatives

Seeking to mentor:
I am particularly interested in working with emerging Black and POC food systems leaders.
Visit the Mentorship Program page (under Services) to learn more!


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    Chad Martin on 8/10/2018 2:56:07 PM

    Thank you for being willing to mentor and for being who you are. I would like to be able to glean from some of your past experiences when you have time.

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    Gregory Ingram 10 months ago

    any time you want to talk garden ...greg ingram eny 4 gardens new york

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