We are pleased to announce Rashid Nuri as our keynote speaker for the 2020 Georgia Organics Conference & Expo in Athens. Nuri’s contributions to our global food system are unique and unmatched. While the words – scholar, farmer, educator, leader, and author – are all titles that can be ascribed to Nuri, none of them truly illustrate the scope and breadth of his 40+ year commitment to agriculture. During his many years of service, Nuri has assisted public, private, and commodity-based business in more than 35 countries and served as a USDA appointee during the Clinton administration.
Nuri founded Truly Living Well (TLW) in 2006 and expanded the organization from a small plot of backyard land to two thriving farm locations in East Point, Ga. and in the Collegetown neighborhood of Atlanta. “As the former Georgia Organics Board Chair, Rashid helped forge the Georgia Organics that exists today,” said President & CEO Alice Rolls in last summer’s issue of the Dirt boasting Nuri on the cover. “He taught us how to think critically about making sure there were farmers of color and the voices of those who’ve been historically oppressed at the table.”
Georgia Organics awarded Nuri the 2017 Land Stewardship award for his immense leadership and sacrifice at the 20th Anniversary conference.
“Just stand up, do the work, provide the leadership, and continue to put the energy into that which you believe in,” said Nuri during his acceptance speech. “I don’t think we can afford to sit back and just watch anymore. People are going to have to move and do something and Georgia Organics is a good place to start.”
Nuri is unquestionably a “mover” and a change agent. He is also a mentor and teacher to many growers. In June 2019, he released his memoir Growing Out Loud: The Journey of a Food Revolutionary. The book aims to “speak to the new generation of food revolutionaries about personal and social transformation” through his personal and professional experiences.
This era is one of uncertainty for small farmers. Now more than ever, we must uplift them, especially those who’ve been ostracized from the Good Food Movement previously. We know that experienced and emerging farmers will benefit and enjoy hearing Nuri’s knowledge and wisdom regarding farming of the past and present.
Be sure to give him a hearty Georgia Organics style welcome when he comes to the stage on the evening of Feb. 8.