Detroit, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois
Emmanuel Pratt has dedicated himself to using interdisciplinary educational programming and hands-on farming practices to learn and teach about some of the issues that plague modern cities.
WHY WE LOVE EMMANUEL:
- Emmanuel brought sustainable farming to a “food desert” in Chicago by converting a deteriorating abandoned shoe factory into a lively and productive aquaponic fish and vegetable farm
- He has expanded his urban farming education initiative to 50 schools through his Sweet Water Foundation, teaching things like fishery management and soil chemistry
- Emmanuel emphasizes action. When describing what to expect at Sweet Water he states: “We’re gonna have a philosophical debate, but you’re probably gonna be doing it while you have a tool in your hand and you’re doing something”