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Dr. Gordon Nembhard Biography 

Dr. Gordon Nembhard is a political economist specializing in community economics, Black Political Economy and popular economic literacy. Her research and publications explore problematics and alternative solutions in cooperative economic development and worker ownership, community economic development, wealth inequality and community-based asset building, and community-based approaches to justice. She has recently completed a book on Black cooperatives: Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice (2014 The Pennsylvania State University Press).

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We believe that Black Food Sovereignty encompasses the intersectionality of agriculture, climate change, environmental justice, and food justice. We recognize that this is an intergenerational effort that requires connecting the community on a local, national, and global level. The Detroit Black Community Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN) programs and partnerships reflect this comprehensive approach, working to empower the community, promote sustainable practices, and advocate for policies that address systemic inequities. Through our initiatives, we strive to create a resilient and equitable food system that benefits all generations.

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Our youth program for young people at local schools and community centered institutions in Detroit, Michigan.

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Justice requires a conscious, vigilant and active populace. Building towards food justice requires that we conduct public education campaigns to make communities aware of the impact of the current food system on our planet, our health and the economies of our communities.

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Our young adult programming to develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills grounded in food sovereignty.



We are a coalition of three long-standing Detroit urban farming organizations with a collective mission to rebuild inter-generational land ownership for Black Farmers in Detroit: The Detroit Black Food Sovereignty Network (DBCFSN),
Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, and
Keep Growing Detroit.



DBCFSN is a proud member of the Congo Beehive Coalition. The coalition represents a group of international NGO and non-profit organizations, partnered to bring hope to communities that have been under severe distress due to a number of reasons including civil wars. We believe beekeeping can empower women and children through a pilot project planned for North Kivu.

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Learn about our workshops, special events, community engagement, and more.

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