Live Organically was established by Lakisha Witter (she/her) in 2018. After achieving her doctorate and becoming a professor, Lakisha experienced health troubles that had her focusing on how to improve her health through food. She believes food is medicine and provides healthy, organic, and sustainably-raised produce as one of the best ways to keep communities healthy. In addition to providing vegetables to co-ops, Live Organically also provides employment to those with disabilities, and opportunities for inner-city youth to learn about farming.
Grow Small-Scale, Sustainable, Black Woman-Owned Farming
What Lakisha lacked in initial farming experience, she made up for with ambition. Live Organically’s first harvest was so abundant much of it was donated to local organizations. Since then, Lakisha has grown three acres of certified-organic vegetables on five acres of land, and she uses sustainable practices like drip tape irrigation, cover crops for building soil quality, and does not spray pesticides.