Tamika R. Francis is a curious generalist, a public health practitioner by day, and a food enthusiast by night. She has a strong passion for the outdoors, farming, and indigenous food traditions. After graduate school at the Heller School at Brandeis University, she led marketing and product development for an eco- and agro-tourism project working with a permaculture farm, street food vendors, a women's fishing cooperative, and a local food festival.
Tamika has been a chef instructor at the Haley House, The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, The Food Project, and the Urban Farming Institute in Boston where she is also a board member. Her startup, Food & Folklore, pays homage to global food tradition and highlights unrepresented foodways, centered around the question “What does home taste like for you?” where she explores travel, nostalgia, belonging identity, and the immigrant experience. Tamika is on a personal mission to get more people to enjoy goat meat.