K. Rashid Nuri is Founder and CEO of Truly Living Well, to which he brings more than forty years of global food growing experience. Rashid observed local food economies around the world while managing public, private and community based food and agriculture businesses in over 35 countries, including Southeast Asia and West Africa. He now lends his experience to urban areas, promoting good nutrition, health and economic development.
Rashid was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but as the son of a military officer, he really does not call any place home. Rashid attended 14 schools before his family settled in San Diego, California, where he attended high school. A stellar student and community leader, Rashid went on to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Harvard and a Master’s Degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Massachusetts. During his college years, Rashid helped to install some of the first organic community gardens in San Diego.
Following graduation, Rashid journeyed to Georgia, where he managed 13,000 acres of farm land for the Nation of Islam. Crops included cotton, corn, peanuts, soy beans and greens, in addition to cows and chicken. Later, he managed operations in Asia and Africa for the Cargill Corporation, a global agribusiness conglomerate. Following nearly a decade with Cargill, Rashid returned to the U.S. to become a Senior Executive in the Clinton Administration, serving as Deputy Administrator in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Senior Advisor in the Department of Commerce. In his capacity as Deputy Administrator, Rashid had responsibilities for budgeting, finance, facilities, information technology and 2,200 employees.
Lessons from the Show
Rashid talked to us about the importance of a personal relationship with what we eat and offered us many wonderful lessons that point us towards an authentic, happy and fulfilling life and career including:
- Awareness of food and its sources goes to issues of freedom and security: whoever controls your food controls you;
- The sourcing and eating of food are great opportunities for us to pay attention to building and strengthening our communities and our fellowship;
- Getting out in nature brings a sense of connection and contentment. If you don’t believe it, go and spend a day in the garden with Rashid!
You can contact Rashid and find out more about Rashid and Truly Living Well at www.trulylivingwell.com, or you can visit one of the gardens. And you can see some of Rashid’s previous presentations at the following:
This is episode # 136