Founder, Soilful / SouthEats
Washington, DC, US
Cohort: Ashoka Innovators for the Public, New York, 2016
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Xavier Brown is a native of Washington, DC. Xavier is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and received his Master's of Science from the University of Vermont Grad School. Xavier is currently a fellow with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Leaders program and is the cofounder of new worker owner cooperative called South Eats. Xavier operates at the boundaries of urban agriculture, environmental sustainability, and African Diasporic culture. His work intertwines sustainability with the issues and social justice issues that affect stressed communities from gun violence to mass incarceration to climate change. The guiding question is how the wisdom of nature and different ways of knowing can be used to dismantle these problems. Xavier views nature as a tool that can uplift and heal stressed communities.