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Our Team

 

Julia Aguilar

Julia Aguilar

Truelove Seeds farmer and office human, fulfilling your orders, labeling and filling seed packets, and contributing to organization and management of our seed inventory & collection. Seed keeper/librarian in training, herbalist, photographer, artist, and writer. Philly born and raised, 1st generation Ecuadorian-USian and 6th generation Philadelphian-Irish. Instagram: @cryptogam_.

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Christopher Bolden-Newsome

Christopher Bolden-Newsome

Chris Bolden-Newsome, originally from the Mississippi Delta, is the oldest son of farmers and justice workers Demalda Bolden Newsome and Rufus Newsome Sr., and a fourth generation free farmer since emancipation in 1865. In 2010, Chris joined Ty Holmberg in creating the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram's Garden where Chris co-directs a three-acre crop field, orchard, and 60-bed community garden. Sankofa Farm is a spiritually rooted, African Diaspora urban-centered farm and youth development program. Following Natural Agriculture practices, Chris focuses on cultivating healthy soil for life-giving crops while learning and teaching Pan-African practices in farming and foodways. In 2012, Chris married seed farmer Owen Smith Taylor with whom he co-founded the cultural preservation and rematriation focused seed company Truelove Seeds.

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Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim

Sarah Kim is an artist, critic, and arts organizer raised in Los Angeles and based in West Philadelphia for the last six years.

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Amirah Mitchell

Amirah Mitchell

Amirah Mitchell has been working in agriculture and the food movement for over a dozen years, initially as a teen farm intern, team leader and board member at The Food Project in Boston, MA. She has since worked on urban farms in Massachusetts, Georgia and Pennsylvania, and delivers various agroecology workshops, including agroforestry, soil ecology, urban gardening, seed-keeping and more. Amirah is a practicing seed keeper of over two years, focusing on food crops of the African diaspora. Currently she is studying horticulture at Temple University and is spending her third season working at Truelove Seeds.

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Zainab Muhammad

Zainab Muhammad

ZM/Zainab Muhammad is a Newark, NJ native, urban farmer and second year seedkeeping apprentice at Truelove seeds. They are building new relationships with crops and seeds of the African diaspora, and nurturing the relationships with familiar Black southern ancestral plants.

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Heidi Ratanavanich

Heidi Ratanavanich

Heidi Ratanavanich (she/her, they/them) is a visual artist, carpenter and educator. Heidi is interested in the intersection of food sovereignty, Thai/Chinese diaspora, ecology and economy. She is involved in the collectives FORTUNE and Television. Heidi recently joined the Truelove Squad and is formally apprenticing this season. They are looking forward to tending to Thai and Chinese based plants, and are super excited about seeding Kra Praow (Thai Holy Basil) saved from their mom's home, Sappaya, Thailand. They are also part of a team that is re-opening a small take-out corner store in West Philly called Golden Dragon, coming soon.

 

 

Owen Taylor

Owen Taylor

Owen is a seed nerd who loves growing Southern Italian and Irish heirlooms and supporting the community food sovereignty movement through seed keeping. Instagram: @seedkeeping.

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Sara Taylor

Sara Taylor

Sara is the webmaster (webkeeper!) and graphic designer behind Truelove Seeds. She also provides some administrative support. This year, 2020, she started her very first vegetable garden and will have some favorites to share after the harvest. Instagram: @sarastaylor.

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Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson currently manages the FNC Community Farm at 8th and Poplar in Philadelphia, has worked for a few other farms in Philadelphia and Massachusetts, and has been an important part of Team Truelove for three years earning the title of Fastest Knife Weeder and Most Valuable Carpooler, with the bestest truck on the farm.

 

 

Former Staff

Althea Baird

Althea Baird

Althea Baird is a farmer, bartender, herbal medicine maker, and mom. She is learning to farm in ways that support human bodies (nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system, etc.) to connect with plant, ecosystem, and planetary frequencies and rhythms. Please contact me if you have knowledge about these things, science and magic alike! For example, botany and plant-human hormone interactions, gardening as therapy, plant-sky connections in mythology, moon viewing gardens, plant spirit medicine, etc. althea.baird[at]gmail[dot]com. Instagram: @mill.hollow.

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In 2020, Althea grew Blue Vervain for the Truelove Seeds catalogue (see Mill Hollow Plant Music).

 

 

2020 Apprentices

 

 

Grimaldi Baez

Grimaldi Baez

Grimaldi Baez is an interdisciplinary artist, sazón brujo, and aspiring herbalist. He is inspired by the community Truelove brings together.

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In 2020, Grimaldi grew Ají Dulce (Seasoning Pepper) for the Truelove Seeds catalogue (see Tania María Ríos Marrero & Grimaldi Baez).

 

 

Kai Delgado Pfeifer

Kai Delgado Pfeifer

Kai Delgado Pfeifer was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. Their ancestors' roots spread to the Philippines, China, Ireland, and Lithuania. Kai's dream is to create healing and liberation between the earth and our communities, especially the children who will inherit the land. This year they are stewarding medicinal ancestral foods and herbs from the Philippines. In the future, they hope to build a seed collection of medicinal plants from their ancestral lineages as a path towards personal and collective healing with the land.

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Sarah Kim

Sarah is now staff! See above.

 

 

Tania María Ríos Marrero

Tania María Ríos Marrero

Tania María Ríos Marrero is an herbal medicine maker, sporadic writer, aspiring farmer and librarian-in-training. This year she is growing ajíes dulces with her partner for the Truelove Seeds catalog. She is grateful to be learning and deepening her relationship to Puerto Rican foodways and medicine traditions through this seed keeping project. She is an apprentice at Truelove and is humbled by the community and the knowledge that is shared there. Instagram: @nochecita_.

Tania's favorites:

In 2020, Tania grew Ají Dulce (Seasoning Pepper) for the Truelove Seeds catalogue (see Tania María Ríos Marrero & Grimaldi Baez).

 

 

Zainab Muhammad

Zainab is now staff! See above.

 

 

2019 Apprentices

 

 

Julia Aguilar

Julia is now staff! See above.

 

Althea Baird

Althea apprenticed for two years from 2018-2019, then worked as staff in 2020. See her bio above.

 

 

Zoe Jeka

Zoe Jeka

Zoe is finding it hard to put into words how important seeds are to her. Over the past few years, they have become some of her closest family members and biggest teachers. She spends so much time growing Polish and German heirlooms that she didn't know who Gumby was until 2018. Even though her time in Philly has come to a close, she knows her seedkeeping work and relationship to Truelove will be lifelong. Instagram: @zoejeka.

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In 2020, Zoe began growing for the Truelove Seeds catalogue (see Zoe Jeka & Wren Lansky).

 

 

Chris Keeve

Christian Brooks Keeve

Chris is a geographer who likes to write about the things people may or may not do with seeds and the things that seeds may or may not do on their own. Instagram: @c.keeve.

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Amirah Mitchell

Amirah is now staff! See above.

 

 

2018 Apprentices

 

 

Althea Baird

Althea apprenticed for two years from 2018-2019, then worked as staff in 2020. See her bio above.

 

Zoe Jeka

Zoe apprenticed for a second year in 2019! See above.

 

 

Simone Johnson

Simone Johnson

Instagram: @hibiscus__flower.

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Amirah Mitchell

Amirah apprenticed for a second year in 2019 and is now staff! See above.