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Staff

Sophia Benrud

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

They/She
 

Sophia Benrud, They/she: Sophia Benrud is a Black multiracial queer community organizer, grower, postpartum doula, and chef currently residing in St Paul, MN (Dakota territories). Sophia co-founded The Minnesota Environmental Justice Table—building connections between BIPOC climate and environmental, food, and healing justice. Sophia co-founded Divine Natural Ancestry, a project of 3 seasons that supports communities through tools, supplies, and knowledge for growing food in BIPOC communities.

 

Sophia also works on the Food for the People Project, which pays farmers for CSA shares delivered to BIPOC folks experiencing food insecurity and hosts workshops on farming skills. Sophia is a co-founder of Black Visions, a Black-led Queer and Trans centering organization committed to strengthening community and community-led safety solutions. Sophia is also on the Land Stewardship land access advisory board.

 

Sophia co-founded Midwest Farmers of Color Collective and is on the coordination team while mapping farmers of color in the Midwest and creating accessible tools for membership. Sophia is currently the MISA chair at the University of Minnesota Agricultural Systems. Sophia is a board member of Spiral Collective, an organization supporting people in reproduction, abortion, and loss. Sophia is also on the board of Community Power, working towards community-based energy solutions. Sophia is also on the Leadership team with Metro Food Justice Network.

 

Sophia is passionate about wellness, balance, healing, and community care. Sophia likes to do house projects, go on hikes, forage, hang with their chickens, dance, grow food, travel, and hang out with family, both chosen and birth.

Nazir Khan

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director

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Krystle D'Alencar 

Environmental Justice Organizer

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