“Food literacy training is key to building resilient urban communitites. “
Rachele Rosi-Kessel grew up freely exploring the Vermont woods and Michigan seashore. Surrounded by nature, her sense of self was formed primarily in relation to non-human life forms.The human/non-human relationship forms the basis for her spiritual life and pratice. Ordained as a Unitarian Universalist Minister, she has served congregations in Newton, Lincoln, and Bridgewater, MA.
Nowadays, in her little 7,000 square foot corner of Roslindale, Rachele has created a permaculture heaven with chickens, a rabbit, edible landscaping consisting of fruit and nut trees, berries, herbs, and raised bed gardening. She dreams of someday raising urban goats who can be walked on a leash in Roslindale Village.
Rachele brings to the BFFC her experience as a social change agent and her passion for community building. She is especially interested in outreach to those in Boston who are not blessed with land to work, who could most beneﬁt the most from a local Food Forest.
Rachele earned a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) from University of Michigan, focusing on Biology, Religion, and Political Philosophy in 1992. She was one of the editors of the Rainforest Action Network Journal at the University of Michigan and an active member and leader in the student cooperative housing communities at UMich and at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She also received an MDiv. from Andover Newton Theological School and was Ordained by Unitarian Universalist Association in 2000.