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Apolo Cátala

GrowBoston Advisory Board Member

Apolo works with the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation where he is the Farm Manager of the NDC's OASIS On Ballou Avenue Urban Farm in Dorchester as well as the NDC's Interim Environmental Justice Coordinator.

Apolo is committed to sustainable farming driven by strong regional and local partnerships focused on expanding access to nutritious and locally grown produce and inspiring and teaching others to create successful farming and gardening enterprises in and outside the urban space.  He adheres to the dictum that food is medicine, not only for individuals, but also for the community and the environment.

He is an alum of Food Solutions New England Network Leadership Institute, Urban Farming Institute and Trustees of Reservation Master Gardener training programs and a recipient of the Urban Farming Institute 2019 Community Cultivator Award.

Apolo serves on the boards Boston Farms Community Land Trust, Tufts University Medical Center IRB as well as Stakeholder Panel Member of Tufts University CTSI, and Boston Public Health Commission Health Equity Advisor Board (2020-2021), and is also active with Boston Food Access Council, UFI, FSNE, and Dorchester Food Coop through which he champions local farming and sourcing as a means of promoting individual, community, and environmental health and equity across the urban, peri-urban, rural, regional and beyond food system continuum. 

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