top of page
front page illu.png


shakara tyler, phd received a fellowship from Food First, a national food sovereignty organization to develop a Black (agrarian) cooperative curriculum to serve as a resource for grassroots movements building toward Black cooperative futures. Angela Davis says, knowledge is built through struggle, and the abundance of knowledge that Black cooperators have gleaned through dreams, experiences, intentions, and affirmations are important to highlight. The curriculum development committee, composed of Black cooperative Detroiters, in various respects, have led the development of this curriculum by writing lessons, sharing art, recording educational videos, planning community-based events and attending meetings to drive the vision and implementation of the product made available on this website.


shakara tyler

shakara tyler is a returning-generation farmer, educator and organizer who engages in Black agrarianism, agroecology, food sovereignty and environmental justice as commitments of abolition and decolonization. She obtained her PhD at Michigan State University in Community Sustainability (CSUS) and works with Black farming communities in Michigan and the Mid-Atlantic. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of Michigan in School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). She explores participatory and decolonial research methodologies and community-centered pedagogies in the food justice, food sovereignty and environmental justice movements. She also serves as board president at the Detroit Black Community

Food Security Network (DBCFSN), board member of the Detroit People’s Food Co-op (DPFC) and co-founder of the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund (DBFLF) and a member of the Black Dirt Farm Collective (BDFC).

shakara tyler.jpg
bottom of page