Kirtrina M. Baxter is a dedicated mother, drummer, urban farmer, food justice activist and community organizer for the Garden Justice Legal Initiative–a program of the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. She works with gardeners around the city, assisting them in gaining access to land and other resources. In this capacity, she also organizes Soil Generation, a diverse body of urban agriculture advocates and environmental & food justice activists who work within a racial and economic justice framework to help inform policy and provide community education and support to gardeners in the city.
Before moving back to Philadelphia in 2012, Kirtrina co-founded the Ithaca Youth Farm Project, and the Congo Square Market in Ithaca, NY.
In addition to her work at the Law Center, Ms. Baxter is the farm manager and a board member at Urban Creators, a board member of Mill Creek Farm, a member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective, The Seedkeepers Collective, and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance. As an Afroecologist, she has a passion for preserving & creating cultural agrarian traditions through art, cooking & nutrition, growing food, seedkeeping, and collective organizing. Though certified in permaculture, Kirtrina identifies with afroecology as a more politically informed way to practice her land work. In 2008, she received her bachelors degree in Holistic Healing and her M.A in Cultural Studies from Union Institute and University.