Jamel Rahkeera, the team captain, was once a successful welder, while changing his lifestyle to one of optimal health he saw the need to grow his own food, so he started a community garden that not only fed his family but six others in the Historic Hough neighborhood. A self cultivated trailblazer and pioneer for urban agriculture in Cleveland Ohio, Jamel leads the team that transformed abandoned plots of land into Cleveland’s first black owned and operated farm and farmers market. Growing up in the same neighborhood as the farm, he wanted to see this neighborhood be a better place than the one he grew up in and definitely not what it had become. With his love and passion for healthy living coupled with a strong family foundation Jamel spearheads projects to empower, educate, and employ aged out foster youth in the fields of urban agriculture, urban apiculture, as well as urban ecological conservation, preservation, and rehabilitation. It is this same passion for food access and community that has Jamel setting up Village markets in Cleveland’s largest senior communities and in the food deserts of Cleveland, building up the Historical Hough neighborhood from the Village out as Cleveland’s urban agricultural epicenter.