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Our Team

 

Julia Aguilar

Julia Aguilar

Julia is a lifelong Philadelphian herbalist, visual artist, and gardener. They deeply enjoy studying cultural histories of plant use, city ecologies, and being on the river. They have an eternal soft spot for non-flowering plants. Instagram: @cryptogam_.

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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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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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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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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.

 

 

Hannah Thompson

Hannah Thompson

Bio coming soon!

 

 

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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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 Kim

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

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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_.

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Zainab Muhammad

Zainab Muhammad

Bio coming soon!

 

 

2019 Apprentices

 

 

Julia Aguilar

Julia is now staff! See above.

 

Althea Baird

Althea is now staff! See 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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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 a second year in 2019 and is now staff! See 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.