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Hunter Hopcroft
Kamal Bell



Kamal joined our board in July 2023. As the owner of Sankofa Farms, a 12-acre farm launched through a USDA Farm Service Agency’s Direct Farm Ownership loan, Kamal works to improve food policy throughout North Carolina's triangel region. Sankofa's agriculture-based programs aim to improve the perception of both STEM and agriculturally related professions through the exposure to agricultural technology while improving financial independence, career readiness, and nutrition literacy. From introducing students to high level farming techniques to managing 40 beehives, the farm has garnered both national and local attention from Forbes Magazine, The News and Observer, Earth Eats, and ABC news. Kamal holds a B.S. in animal industry/animal science, and a master’s degree in agricultural education from NC A&T State University.

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