Eugene Cook (Grow Where You Are)

Eugene Cooke is an internationally recognized food justice activist and urban farmer utilizing exclusively veganic growing methods. With his wife, he founded Grow Where You Are, a program that transforms urban spaces in underserved neighborhoods by creating community food gardens and vegetable farms. Over the past 10 years, Eugene has assisted in the creation of 18 urban farms, 14 school gardens and over 40 home food gardens, and has planted 400+ fruit trees in cities throughout the U.S. as well as in Jamaica, Haiti and Kenya, where he trained local residents in veganic growing methods.

Eugene is committed to demonstrating that we can grow abundant food without exploiting animals, harming the environment, or depleting ecosystems. At his current farms sites he focuses on growing methods that also promote ecological restoration.

"How did we as a culture arrive at a place where our daily meals are based on the slaughter of animals? Our lives are in a state of convulsion based on the repetitive acts of eating from a death system" - Eugene Cooke