Staff Profile

Nicodemus Ford

Cannery Farm Coordinator

Nicodemus has an unwavering commitment to the transformation of communities, people and land and lives a life reflective of those ideals.

Nicodemus has spent the majority of his career in education, originally as a founding teacher of a progressive high school in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, where he also became deeply aware and passionate about notions of food justice and sovereignty.

He worked with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support the Community and Regional Food Systems project; he worked closely with the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, farmers, gardeners and community leaders to organize local initiatives, design evaluation programs and support grant funding. He worked closely with Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System, Growing Power and national organizations to build about a more just food system. He will be a co-author on an upcoming report titled, “Undoing Racism in the Detroit Food System,” published by the University of Iowa Press.

More recently, Nicodemus worked with the Michael Fields Institute in partnership with the PEOPLE program in Madison, Wisconsin to develop the GULFS curriculum and leadership program to build high school leaders in food systems. For the last two years, Nicodemus was the Garden Manager at Oak Park Sol Community Gardens, a neighborhood-led community garden in the historic neighborhood of Sacramento. Nicodemus greatly increased neighborhood and volunteer involvement through the coordination of partner-led educational and outreach programs, working with the Sacramento Food Co-op, Food Literacy Center and Junior League of Sacramento.

Nicodemus received his B.A. in History from Wayne State University and his Master’s in Education from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan. Nicodemus lives in Sacramento with his family and when not working to pursue his dream to become a farmer, he enjoys running, cooking and listening to good hip-hop, jazz or soul music.