Kemba Russell

Kemba Russell, Class of 2010. Kemba, a St. Louis native, came to the apprenticeship program with the dream to restore her family’s land in Kentucky so that it can be utilized in working with nature, and in particular to reverse the trend of black families losing their family farms. Her journey has taken her to South Strafford, Vermont, where she currently resides in a tiny house and is an integral part of the local food movement in her town, growing and sharing an abundance of raspberries and other fresh produce. This past spring I had the pleasure of accompanying Kemba to her family land in Pembroke, KY, so that she could get set up with the Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service to make future plans for her family farm. Her land stewardship dreams are still alive.