The marking of a new year and with a first anniversary approaching in February, Adrian Lewis found himself reflecting on his past and what led him to become the chief executive officer at Forgotten Harvest.

“It’s almost like divine intervention brought me to this point,” said Lewis, who grew up in Memphis, Tenn., working in a community garden operated by his grandparents and other family members.

“I don’t ever recall having a full backyard to play in,” Lewis said.

The family’s long narrow lot, backed by a canopy of trees and nestled in an urban neighborhood, was something they sowed for food. Purple peas and butter beans, cabbage, lettuce and heirloom red and green tomatoes, fresh produce picked for the table or for canning between seasons.

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