Biography: Fatuma Emmad is the co founder of FLF, and the owner and operator of Bountiful By Design, a sustainable high-end landscape company. She is also an affiliate Professor at Regis University in the Community Food Systems minor. Fatuma was born in Denver and raised in Denver and Ethiopia. Fatuma has worked farming organic and heirloom vegetables on her own acreage as part of a land co-op, setting up farms for restaurants, and as farm manager for multi acre community farms in Milwaukee and Denver. Fatuma is currently entering her tenth year as a farm manager or farm operations director. Before becoming a farmer, Fatuma was a political scientist who engaged in issues affecting marginalized farming communities such as the push for genetically modified seeds across Sub-Saharan Africa. She believes in resistance by the world’s land caretakers to single solutions for crop productivity and seeks to work on re-framing ideas of food security. Fatuma has been a partner to the Aria Development and has been a part of designing, building, and farming at Sister Gardens in North Denver. Denver ARIA is an ambitious project that focuses on residents’ health. Co-developed by Urban Ventures LLC and Perry-Rose LLC on an 18-acre site in Denver, the property includes a production garden, a greenhouse, 72 affordable apartments and 13 townhouses. Fatuma has been certified and teaching yoga since 2004 and is a graduate of the Center for Agriculture and Ecology at the University of Santa Cruz. She currently serves as a Mayor appointed Member of the Sustainable Food Council for the City of Denver, a co-chair for the City’s Good Food Purchasing Policy Group, and is a selected fellow for Transformational Leaders for Change.Member Directory
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