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Freida Graves
Freida Graves

Freida Graves

FAITH Farms & Orchard

Gary, IN USA

"Some people will see me as an activist—I just see myself as doing what was put in my spirit to do. I can’t do anything but advocate for the city I love and the people I love."

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Freida's work combines: Food, Environment & Nature, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Director of Food is Medicine Program

I blend healthcare expertise with agricultural management to create healing gardens that nourish bodies and communities.


Day In The Life Of An Urban Farming Director

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Certification

    Licensed Practical Nurse


  • Certification

    Master Gardner

    Purdue Extension in Indiana

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Director of Food is Medicine Program:

Bachelor's Degree: Agriculture, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I grew up in Gary, Indiana, as the youngest of seven—our meals were humble but they sowed the seeds of my journey in food and health.

  • 2.

    After graduating high school, I ventured into various jobs and then marriage.

  • 3.

    When my children reached school age, I returned to education for nursing, earning my certification as a licensed practical nurse.

  • 4.

    I transitioned from healthcare to agriculture—my nursing background became the bedrock of my mission to heal through food, not just medicine.

  • 5.

    I became a farm administrator without prior gardening experience—rather my learning was nurtured by the wisdom of the older generation and their connection to the land.

  • 6.

    Working with FAITH Farms, I help to transform abandoned lands into sources of nourishment and education, echoing my grandmother's garden from my youth.

  • 7.

    I championed the Food as Medicine initiative, leveraging my nursing insights to combat health issues in Gary with nature's bounty.