Mchezaji “Che” Axum (Agronomist) is the Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education in the College of Agriculture Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). Mr. Axum leads a team of researchers at the UDC Firebird Research Farm in Beltsville, MD and oversees UDC Master Gardening, Specialty and Ethnic Crops and Urban Forestry programs. He has worked for the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Plant Sciences Institute (USDA-ARS-PSI) for 20 years, taught middle school science and has worked as a successful farmer and sustainable farming consultant. He is a graduate of the College of Agronomy, now named to the College of Natural Resource Management at the University of Maryland and a Certified State of Maryland Nutrient Management Consultant. Mr. Axum is also a member of the American Agronomy Society/ ASA, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).