ROOTED IN

BY COUNCIL ON GLOBAL RELATIONS

ROOTED IN solving food insecurity for Baltimore City, MD & Washington, DC.

MISSION

We are building a community of farmers, consumers, and subject matter experts ROOTED IN local and healthy foods that focuses on the economically disadvantaged, lower income communities, and food deserts of Baltimore City, MD and Washington, DC.

VISION

A wellness and healthy food focused market, kitchen, learning, and urban garden in Baltimore City, MD and Washington, DC that brings the latest technology, wellness consultants, and foods from the region to serve and empower the community.

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide access to fresh & healthy local, farm foods by connecting consumers located in food deserts with food grown in the region.
  • Build new economic opportunities for local farmers. 
  • Give incentives to consumers for better purchases that improve overall health and wellness.
  • Leverage technology to create resilient food systems.
  • Advocate for both the consumers and the farmers.
  • Teach the consumer to be confident in making healthier choices for their families health
  • Provide support and opportunity vehicles for producers to engage and building lasting relationship in the community and local market.

ROOTED IN wellness, community, and education.

FOOD MARKET

Rooted In focuses on fresh, local food from the Chesapeake region, supporting small farmers by connecting them with consumers. Our products are focused around encouraging health and wellness, including a branded line of prepared food from our commercial kitchen. We also offer SNAP programs, benefits, and advocate for the wellbeing of our community to purchase more fruits and vegetables, and live healthier and happier lives.

LEARNING CENTER

Education is the heart of CGR and Rooted In’s mission. We believe that a strong foundation of education sets the individuals and communities up for longterm success. Our programs are created for all ages, demographics, and races with a special focus wellness. We host cooking classes, tasting events, hosted dinners, and health education workshops that build confidence to make healthier choices for their families. These events bring the community together.

URBAN GARDEN

Urban agriculture benefits communities that have been historically excluded from access to land and health foods. We work with the City of Baltimore to support gardening and farming in the city. We use vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown from our garden to be key ingredients or garnishes in our recipes used during our cooking classes or during tasting events. We teach urban agriculture growing techniques that our community can apply to their own yards.

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

A commercial kitchen is a resource for preparing our branded line of foods for the food market, teaching the community how to cook healthy foods, and providing space to support local food entrepreneurs and small farmers with the equipment, resources and guidance needed to grow. We focus on farm to table and value added, shelf-stable products on the shelves such as ferments and preserved foods. Our facility is fully equipped, licensed, and insured.

FOOD MARKET

Rooted In focuses on fresh, local food from the Chesapeake region, supporting small farmers by connecting them with consumers. Our products are focused around encouraging health and wellness, including a branded line of prepared food from our commercial kitchen. We also offer SNAP programs, benefits, and advocate for the wellbeing of our community to purchase more fruits and vegetables, and live healthier and happier lives.

LEARNING CENTER

Education is the heart of CGR and Rooted In’s mission. We believe that a strong foundation of education sets the individuals and communities up for longterm success. Our programs are created for all ages, demographics, and races with a special focus wellness. We host cooking classes, tasting events, hosted dinners, and health education workshops that build confidence to make healthier choices for their families. These events bring the community together.

URBAN GARDEN

Urban agriculture benefits communities that have been historically excluded from access to land and health foods. We work with the City of Baltimore to support gardening and farming in the city. We use vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown from our garden to be key ingredients or garnishes in our recipes used during our cooking classes or during tasting events. We teach urban agriculture growing techniques that our community can apply to their own yards.

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN

A commercial kitchen is a resource for preparing our branded line of foods for the food market, teaching the community how to cook healthy foods, and providing space to support local food entrepreneurs and small farmers with the equipment, resources and guidance needed to grow. We focus on farm to table and value added, shelf-stable products on the shelves such as ferments and preserved foods. Our facility is fully equipped, licensed, and insured.

ROOTED IN program leadership.

I am, Myra, Director of Operations and Certified Nutrition Specialist Candidate.

I am passionate about empowering and educating the community that food is medicine and how to heal our body, mind, and spirit through natural methods such as nutrition, herbal medicine, meditation and energy work. The modern day healthcare system, pharmaceuticals, and hospitals only provide a quick fix and slap of a bandaid to a much deeper problem of a broken system. 

The integrative and cost effective solution to lasting health and wellness is a whole-person and patient-centered approach with an emphasis on preventative care and root cause treatment. By educating and stewarding our local community, we create systems of lasting change that radiates out into the greater community.

I hold a dual Master’s from Maryland University of Integrative Health in Nutrition and Integrative Health and Herbal Product Design and Manufacture. I am a CNS Candidate of the American Nutrition Association.

As the Program Director of Rooted In and the Director of Operations of CGR, I lead and manage a complex engine, connecting a broad network of market producers, farmers, consumers, city officials, and key experts in the region and beyond.

I am, Myra, Director of Operations and Certified Nutrition Specialist Candidate.

I am passionate about empowering and educating the community that food is medicine and how to heal our body, mind, and spirit through natural methods such as nutrition, herbal medicine, meditation and energy work. The modern day healthcare system, pharmaceuticals, and hospitals only provide a quick fix and slap of a bandaid to a much deeper problem of a broken system. 

The integrative and cost effective solution to lasting health and wellness is a whole-person and patient-centered approach with an emphasis on preventative care and root cause treatment. By educating and stewarding our local community, we create systems of lasting change that radiates out into the greater community.

I hold a dual Master’s from Maryland University of Integrative Health in Nutrition and Integrative Health and Herbal Product Design and Manufacture. I am a CNS Candidate of the American Nutrition Association.

As the Program Director of Rooted In and the Director of Operations of CGR, I lead and manage a complex engine, connecting a broad network of market producers, farmers, consumers, city officials, and key experts in the region and beyond.

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