CoFED partners with young people of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to build food and land co-ops.

Team

Staff

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Suparna Kudesia, Director (pronouns: she/her, they/them)

Email suparna@cofed.org about funding, partnerships, and education opportunities (all things CoFED!)

Suparna’s tryst with education began on the streets of New Delhi, where she began her work as a community educator with children experiencing homelessness and survivors of violence in schools and colleges. After her undergraduate work at Delhi University, she packed her bags and left on a jet plane to the University of Northern Colorado to pursue her Masters of Arts in Teaching. She brings with her over 15 years of experience imagining and breathing life into educational programs and leading organizational development. Apart from her work with children from ages 4 to 14, she has built empowerment education, ESL, and violence-prevention programs for immigrant womxn in the Bay Area. Suparna believes in the power of unraveled unlearning to shift narratives. She is guided by ancestral re-visioning, decolonizing praxis, and manifesting collective dreams. A fairly new mother, Suparna thinks every day about how to nourish a better tomorrow for and with her little humxn; she has found some success in impromptu dance parties and dramatic reads of activist children’s books. She navigates the world through poetry, radical love, authentic dialogue, and transformation. Suparna lives in San Diego with her partner, toddler, and numerous bunches of coriander and chard.


 

2019 Racial Justice Fellows


Dallas Robinson, 2019 Racial Justice Fellow (pronouns: ey/em/eir)

Dallas is a beginning farmer working towards nourishing Black people’s relationship to the Land and agriculture. Raised in Rocky Mount, NC by a loving family including a sharecropper’s daughter, Civil Rights Organizers, and a former cotton mill worker. Dallas was raised by Black Southern strength. Dallas is so excited to be a CoFed Racial Justice Fellow. This opportunity supports eir work of celebrating Black Southern genius in North Carolina.

Eir fellowship project is a mix of oral history collection and on-farm workshops [at the Harriet Tubman Freedom Farm]. Ey, alongside eir farmer collective, will learn the stories of farmers and eir rural elders, many of whom are the children of sharecroppers, to bring light to the rich history of eir region as well as inform eir context for growing in Eastern North Carolina.

 



Kriss Mincey, 2019 Racial Justice Fellow (pronouns: she/her/hers)

Kriss a singer-songwriter, academic, and a designer of abstract things like frameworks for relating to each other; business models and roles that are both practical and perceptive, relevant and also responsive to the humanity in all of us. 

She is planting fruit trees in Baltimore City and learning how to grow food. Her focus at present is integrating the healing properties of working in soil with all the factions of her public works as well as her private life. As a CoFED fellow, she is converting her family's land of three generations into a universal design sensory garden that serves as a place of belonging for black femme bodies with ranging modes of mobility and ability.