As I was planning the Passport Innovation Tour with Whole Foods Market’s John Lawson, I discovered Henry, a true social Bronx catalyst.
“The Bronx is in real time..is a modern day Wakanda. In the sense that about 97% of 1.5 million people are Black or Brown. And you see how culturally this is the place where Salsa was birthed…where HipHop was birthed..where DooWop was birthed..its for a reason…in the South Bronx everybody lives together” Henry
Henry has been granted the only NYCHA approved building for Rooftop Farming. Its in the Bronx and lead by Henry Obispo
Henry Obispo was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, since the age of five. As a product of the rich culture Henry’s passion for his community has prompted him to dream big and pioneer businesses for the benefit of all in the Bronx and beyond.
After receiving a fully funded scholarship up to PhD, from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Henry completed his B.A. from Binghamton University, and finished his graduate studies at New York University (NYU). In pursuit of purpose and abundance, Henry traveled the world, studied abroad and later lived in Cuba where he filmed a Documentary on the commodification of Afro-Cuban Religions. Subsequently, Henry moved to Brazil and studied entrepreneurship, through a United Nations program in Rio De Janeiro. While working as a Spanish and Portuguese linguist, Henry studied to become a Certified Tea Master from The American Tea Masters Association. Henry’s entrepreneurial spirit developed an idea to bring health to underrepresented communities through food, drinks and overall wellness.
Henry became a community organizer and activist in the Bronx out of the passion for creating solutions to the oppressive realities around health and wellness in his community, which is considered one of the largest food deserts and the poorest congressional district in the United States. After implementing an awarded grant from the USDA, Henry started creating solutions for the food desert realities; access to food became a focal point and an obsession to implement programs for those social ills and creating a coalition of community organizations and local community gardens in the name of access.
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