Full Name
Sophia L. Buggs
Job Title
CEO/ Director
Plant It You
Speaker Bio

Sophia L. Buggs, known as Lady Buggs, is the owner and land steward of Lady Buggs Pharm, a 1.3-acre urban farm located on the South Side of Youngstown, Ohio. She is reclaiming the sacred roots of farming through spiritual homesteading. Her areas of expertise are wildcrafting, plant medicine and fermenting traditional foods. Her mission is to regenerate her community by offering wellbeing from seed to table. Sophia serves as the Executive Director of Plant It You (“Planet You”) a grass roots organization dedicated to land stewardship, food as medicine sovereignty, climate action and Black and Indigenous farmers and food ways. She also serves as The Mahoning Food Access Initiative Director with Heathy Community Partnerships Healthy Food Retail Action Team and as the Co Chair to Central Appalachia Network (CAN) Beginning Farmer Working Group. Sophia holds a Master of Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from American InterContinental University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Bethune Cookman University. She also has earned a number of accreditations, which includes a year of OJT Specialty Crop Apprenticeship through Goodness Grows, an organization that promotes food, faith, and sustainable farming for all, Market Garden Certifications with Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, and a Certificate of Intuitive Plant Medicine with One Willow Apothecaries.

Sophia L. Buggs