About Us

Who We Are

BMoreAg Foundation is a non-profit seeking to expand sustainable urban agriculture
education to Baltimore’s youth through nutrition and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math) education and advocacy (or “ag-vocacy” as we like to call it) to eliminate food injustice, food apartheid, and hunger.

We are committed to supporting Baltimore through agriculture. We use controlled environment agriculture (CEA) — commonly recognized as “hydroponics”, “aeroponics”, or “vertical farms” — to address inequity in food security, provide economic and educational opportunities, and empower communities throughout the city.

We envision a vibrant, re-energized city of Baltimore where all residents have access to fresh, affordable, locally-grown food and are empowered to participate in the revitalization of our city.

Leon Pinkett, Director

Leon F. Pinkett III was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he has dedicated over 25 years to serving communities throughout Baltimore. In 2016, he was sworn in as a member of the Baltimore City Council representing the 7th District. During this time, he served on several committees, including Budget and Appropriations; Taxation, Finance, & Economic Development; Judiciary & Legislative Investigations; Land Use & Transportation; Education and Youth; and Public Safety. In 2021, Leon was appointed to the Economic Development Commission for the State of Maryland.

Prior to serving on City Council, Leon worked three years as the Assistant Deputy Mayor for the Office of Economic and Neighborhood Development, where he focused on revitalizing, strengthening, and supporting communities throughout Baltimore. Prior to that, he served as Sr. Economic Development Officer at the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), where he was responsible for over 20 redevelopment projects, totaling more than $700 million in investments.

Throughout his extensive career, Leon has proven experience in strengthening communities, community organizing, and commercial development in urban centers. His work is founded on personal initiatives and dedication to the families of Baltimore.

Leon is a devoted husband and father. He and his family are active members of the Reservoir Hill community and members of New Harvest Ministries, where he serves faithfully as the Assistant Pastor. Leon graduated from Guilford College (NC) with a degree in Economics.

Kerrin Massarueh, Director of Government & Community Relations

Kerrin immigrated to the United States from the Commonwealth of Dominica, where she witnessed repeated natural disasters fueled by the climate crisis. This sparked Kerrin’s interest in learning more about food security and environmental development.

Her passion to promote global food security and justice led her to the University of Maryland (UMD), where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a specialization in Environment and Agriculture. During her time at UMD, Kerrin held positions in several student-run organizations, including Sigma Alpha (a professional agricultural sorority that promotes women in agriculture) and Green Roots – UMD Hydroponics (provides sustainable produce on campus).

Kerrin continues to foster her passions of empowering youth with innovative, sustainable solutions through agricultural education and giving back to global communities. She donates her time, resources, and knowledge to communities in the Caribbean (through non-profit Innovate My World), Guatemala (designing and building an aquaponics system with Small Change for Big Change), and Kenya and Uganda (mentoring and team member for ROOTS Africa). She is also a member of the Ecological Society of America.

Kerrin believes that empowering youth in agriculture and ecology through practical, interactive learning is essential to food security and the advancement of sustainable agriculture. Kerrin advocates for enhancing existing urban farming, as well as exploring sustainable agriculture technology, including controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

Ayomide Sekiteri, Community and Grant Coordinator

A first-generation Nigerian American and native of Baltimore, Ayomide believes in the need for sustainable practices in diverse communities. She has an unwavering interest in international affairs and policy, which is fueled by her passion for driving social impact.

Ayomide earned her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy with a specialization in Environmental Policy from Hood College. She graduated from Kogod School of Business at American University with a master’s in Sustainability Management. Throughout her educational career, she exemplified a consistent commitment to creating a more sustainable and equitable world.

During her time at Hood College, Ayomide actively championed diversity initiatives on campus and served as an executive board member for both the African Student Union and the Black Student Union. These early experiences laid the foundation for her dedication to fostering inclusivity and equity.

Ayomide embarked on her journey into the world of environmental conservation through an internship with NPS (National Park Service) Academy, where she spent her spring break at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and her summer working at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in New Orleans. These experiences allowed her to witness firsthand the challenges of racial disparities within parks and the pressing need for education and access.

Why We Care

  • 35 million Americans suffer from food insecurity
  • ¾ of a million reside in Maryland
  • 150,000 are in the city of Baltimore
  • 85,000 are children

Vegetable and fruit production is threatened by:

  • Water shortages
  • Damaging weather
  • Transportation costs and uncertainties
  • Inflated expenses
  • Pests
  • Weeds

We Believe…

There is a clear need for food access, security, and education throughout the city of Baltimore. We believe the solution lies in the classrooms. The growing need for healthy, fresh produce can only be addressed by strengthening the city of Baltimore’s traditional urban agriculture community and supplementing their production with controlled environment agriculture (CEA), such as hydroponics and aeroponics.

We Envision…

  • Knowledge, ability, and resources to grow and/or access affordable, nutrient-rich produce that was locally grown.
  • Transformation and revitalization of communities through the consumption of nutrient-rich foods.
  • Empowerment to share sustainable agriculture and nutrition practices with other family and community members.

What We Do

We are on a mission to…

Provide healthy food options, innovative educational resources, and sustainable economic opportunities that will promote food and agricultural sciences education, enhance career opportunities, and inspire the youth in the city of Baltimore to access and consume nutrient-rich food that will stimulate their minds, bodies, and taste buds!

Together, we establish community involvement, as well as community benefit.

Did You Know?

Population growth projected for the next 30 years will require doubling food production globally

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