Neambe Leadon

Denver Food Rescue

Neambe Leadon is a native to Denver, Colorado and a mother of three daughters, Selasia, Libya and Omolara. She is an organic gardener and social justice advocate, with a passion for Health Equity. Neambe has co-designed and implemented a curriculum from 2008-2012 entitled “Going Green, Living Bling: Redefining the Image of Wealth”. This curriculum included an introduction to sustainability, organic vegetable gardening, food justice, health, environmental awareness and Hip Hop. This curriculum was taught at several schools and organizations in the Denver area, reaching young people from age 5 to 25. Her work with organizations like Blue and Yellow Logic, The GrowHaus, Sisters of Color United for Education, PeaceJam and Youthbiz is enhanced by her passion to educate our communities with the tools to live a healthy, self-sustaining future.
This work granted Neambe a fellowship with the Bold Food project through Bold Leaders in 2012. She has also had the opportunity to share her voice on panels at the Biennial of the Americas in 2010 and the CU Boulder Women and Environmental Justice Panel in April 2011, as well as being invited to present at the CU Boulder Bioneers Conference in 2011, 2014 and 2015. One of her largest past projects was the multi-organizational collaborative, Youth Engagement Zone (Y.E.Z) for the neighborhoods of Northeast Denver. In Y.E.Z. she provided youth and families with resources and education around Environmental and Health awareness and Organic Gardening. She has hosted community juicing demonstrations entitled Roots, Beans and Greens and served as Project Coordinator for the annual Brown Suga Youth Festival from 2011-2013. This one-day festival engaged, educated and empowered youth, through art, Hip Hop and discussion, to raise awareness around Health and Environment. From 2013 to 2016 Neambe worked as an Educator with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Starting February this year Neambe returned to community based work as Youth Advisory Council Coordinator for the Great Outdoor Colorado projects of the Montbello and Cole neighborhoods with Environmental Learning for Kids and City Wild, respectfully.
Neambe has training in Eco-Auditing, Composting, Organic Food Gardening, Pachamama Alliance Facilitation, Aqua-Ponics, Massage Therapy, and holds a B.A. in Interior Design from the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. She completed her Permaculture training in October of 2015.
As a Health Equity advocate, Ms. Leadon is also a part of the Community Action Network for the African American Infant Mortality rate in Colorado. She has served as a birth coach, supporting natural childbirth and breastfeeding.
Neambe’s passion is rooted in Food Justice as a means to reach Health Equity. All of this work has culminated in her recent acceptance to join the Denver Food Rescue team as their Program Director affective October 2016.