Me and my wife Taunia Nkromo-Stevenson at Thomasville Heights Elementary School Urban Farm

On June 1st of 2021, I was hired by Purpose Built Schools of Atlanta (PBSA) as the Farmer-Educator for the Thomasville Heights Elementary School (THES)Urban Farm. Both the title of this role and its scope are quite special to me as well as unique in the world of employment, even within my specialized career field of urban agriculture. There are too few schools in the United States or elsewhere that have full production farms on campus of any scale, much less the relatively expansive project at THES. Even more scant is the occurrence of having a paid position associated with…


Our wedding day (October 28, 2020) in Hapeville GA

Many of us have heard the syrupy sentiment from some love drenched newlywed couples, “ I married my best friend!”. In fact, I could honestly say this about my wife Taunia Evette Nkromo-Stevenson as well. During the relative short months of our courtship, she did in fact become my best friend in addition to our being engaged. We went through a gamut of intense experiences together in the time period leading up to our wedding, including the tragic loss of her father Thomas Edward Stevenson in August of this year. …


by Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo

In earliest thoughts about a career or areas of work in my life that I can remember, it never occurred to me to be a farmer. I was born in Boston Massachusetts, the ninth child in large Black family of eleven within a North American region known as New England. I was raised intentionally as a Jehovah’s Witness by my mother Dolores and influenced perhaps through a sort of morphological osmosis by a disciplinarian father, who himself was trained to be a soldier by the United States Marine Corps. In a sense I was reared to…


A sweet potato patch under cultivation by the author at Culi Family Homestead Farm in Stone Mountain GA

An Urban Agriculture Policy & Local Food Economy Development Proposal by Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo, Citizen Farmer

My horticultural and research relationship with the sweet potato (technically “sweetpotatoIpomoea batatas) began during my first years in college at Tuskegee University in Alabama. Through a federally funded work study program, I was assigned to work on a laboratory research project utilizing genetic engineering techniques to enable improvement of crop plants. Most of the research focused on sweetpotatoes, the sixth largest crop in the world. I actually grew sweetpotatoes and other botanical varieties in tissue culture conditions, which is a collection of techniques…


K. Rashid Nuri, Founder of Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture & The Nuri Group

Blog review by Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo, Citizen Farmer

SUMMARY

To me, K. Rashid Nuri is the undisputed “Godfather” of the local food movement and urban agriculture industry in the City of Atlanta Georgia, as well as surrounding areas of this metropolitan region. With the launch of his consulting firm The Nuri Group in general and today’s published blog “Atlanta! Your Time Has Come”, Nuri is elevating his leadership to meet the current challenges and most importantly opportunities facing our still nascent sub-sector within the wider resiliency and sustainability challenges of contemporary human civilization.

Excerpt from Atlanta! Your Time Has Come

Kwabena “Cubby” Nkromo

I am a community builder, public servant, and thought leader offering a vision of political leadership rooted in my identity as a “Farmer Citizen”.

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