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Nia Davis at the Intersection of Food Justice - Compost Grow Eat Repeat!

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Phantom Gallery Chicago Network

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FOCUS AREA: Social Justice and Community Engagement. Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum will focus on Social Justice and Community Engagement.  It is also an economic and workforce development program, demonstrating how artists from multiple disciplines can be instrumental in developing and implementing critical campaigns to address our most pressing community issues. 

An introduction to Nia Davis:

Nia is a fourth-generation educator and a forever student. She learned to love the natural process of giving back to the Earth. Her specialty is composting/soil restoration, which heals and helps the plants we grow and eat and feeds the birds and bees. 

Through working in the public school system, she saw the importance of culturally relevant lessons and crafts curricula with pride.

While serving the Twin Rivers school district, she learned about food insecurity in school neighborhoods and taught classes on harmful additives such as Red #40, which is found in commonly consumed foods. 

She connected students to a variety of natural foods while also starting a compost collection system. The compost collection system showed the children what happens to food waste as it transitions from the school cafeteria to the community center garden and decomposes into rich, digestible soil for growing vegetables and herbs. Many refer to her as the Compost Queen due to her enthusiasm for collecting food scraps. 

Nia’s passion and motivation are fueled by the obvious need to share knowledge on composting for soil health, growing food for autonomy, eating consciously for clean energy, and repeating for quality of life. Her Compost Grow Eat Repeat methodology is based on the order of giving, caring for, and consuming LIFE!!

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