Every year, our Garden Crusaders awards program introduces us to dozens of amazing gardeners who are making the world a better place through their love of gardening. Taja Sevelle, this year’s grand prize winner, is making a difference through a nonprofit organization that plants inner-city gardens all over the country.
After being discovered by Prince in 1987, releasing a hit single, recording three albums, and seeing the world, singer Taja Sevelle has returned to her childhood love: botany.
Her journey back to her roots began in 2004 when she was recording music in Detroit. “I had never seen a city with so much vacant, unused land, and there was so much poverty and job loss,” she said. The next year, she helped plant three gardens in the city.
Four years later, the nonprofit she founded, Urban Farming, has helped plant 600 gardens in 17 cities and five countries. And they’ll keep expanding until their mission is accomplished: “We want to eradicate hunger, and we really think it is possible,” she said.