Duran Chavis is engaged in coordinating innovative and dynamic initiatives around the topics of urban agriculture and local food systems in a culturally relevant way. In 2012, his first community garden led to the development of urban farms, urban orchards, urban vineyards and work in poverty mitigation, workforce development, health and racial equity. Currently serving as Community Engagement Coordinator for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, he is responsible for helping empower individuals to create the change they see fit for their communities. As Duron challenged us with truths about drugs, child poverty and food deserts in RVA, he stated that the only thing more frightening than speaking the truth, is not speaking at all.

Venue: Virginia Repertory Theatre  |  Videography: Double Take |  Photography: Michael Grayson Photography