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Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice
Co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman will join Heifer International President and CEO Pierre Ferrari for a thoughtful conversation on agriculture’s roots in African wisdom.

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices—from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA—have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African American farmers has led to a decline in the number of African American farmers from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than two percent today. This decline corresponds to a 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 is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Indigenous 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 our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to 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.

Jul 29, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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