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Leah Penniman

Soul Fire Farm

Chelsea Green Publishing

www.soulfirefarm.org

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-executive director, Penniman is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs, including farmer trainings for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and regional organizing toward equity in the food system. Penniman holds degrees in science education and environmental science and international development from Clark University, and she is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Penniman has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. Her work and the work of Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYSHealth Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, is a love song for the land and her people.

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Farming While Black: African diasporic wisdom for farming and food justice

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices (from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and community-supported agriculture) have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to a decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of more than 14 million acres of land. Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, co-founded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm 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 the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm 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. Learn how you, too, can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
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North Carolina, Sunday 11:30-12:30 p.m., Mother Earth News Stage