Karen Washington is a community activist, a community gardener and board member of the New York Botanical Gardens. Karen has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. She is a member of the La Familia Verde Garden Coalition, helped launched a City Farms Market, is a Just Food board member, a board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition and she co- founded Black Urban Growers (BUGS).
Mr. Scott was born in Oklahoma to a family of sharecroppers; his parents moved to Fresno, CA, in the 1940s, where they continued to farm. After enlisting in the Navy, Will served in Vietnam aboard a submarine; later, when he retired, he bought 40 acres near Fresno and began to farm in earnest again. He grows Southern staples such as black-eyed peas and collard greens, which he sells at farmers' markets in Fresno and West Oakland. He is the president of the African American Farmers of California, which runs a 15-acre demonstration and education farm to interest African-American kids in agriculture.