Farming While Black
March 1, 2019 8:36 PM - by Leah Penniman - Subscribe

“Stewarding our own land, growing our own food, educating our own youth, participating in our own healthcare and justice systems,” Penniman writes, “this is the source of real power and dignity.”

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through innovative programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Penniman is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid.

And now, with Farming While Black, Penniman extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. This one-of-a-kind guide provides readers with a concise “how-to” for all aspects of small-scale farming.
posted by aniola (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
That was from the book's website. From the publisher's description page, this is what I really got out of the book:
The technical information is designed for farmers and gardeners with beginning to intermediate experience. For those with more experience, the book provides a fresh lens on practices that may have been taken for granted as ahistorical or strictly European. Black ancestors and contemporaries have always been leaders—and continue to lead—in the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements. It is time for all of us to listen.
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posted by aniola at 8:55 PM on March 1, 2019 [1 favorite]

And here's a direct link to the reparations map mentioned in the book.
posted by aniola at 8:56 PM on March 1, 2019

Thank you for reminding me that I want to read this! Gotta make a request at my library.
posted by Emmy Rae at 7:41 PM on March 3, 2019

see also
posted by aniola at 3:36 PM on June 10, 2019

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