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Farming While Black–An Interview With Leah Penniman

Leah Penniman’s book about Soul Fire Farm is called Farming While Black (Jamel Mosely-Mel)

This week on Earth Eats, a conversation with Leah Penniman — Farmer, educator, organizer, and author of a new book, Farming while Black: Soul Fire Farm’s practical guide to Liberation on the Land.

Leah is the co-founder, co-director and program manager of Soul Fire Farm In Grafton, New York.

Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. The farm operates a one hundred member CSA and hosts many training opportunities, including a Black, Latinx and Indigenous Farmers Immersion program.

Our conversation touches on issues such as access to fresh food and farmland for people of color in the US. Leah talks about debunking the myth of black people’s relationship to land being confined to slavery and sharecropping, and what it means to celebrate and reclaim the practices and traditions of African, Immigrant and Indigenous growers throughout history.

October 30th is the release date for Leah Penniman’s book, Farming While Black, with Chelsea Green Publishing.

Learn more about ideas discussed in our interview with Leah Penniman:

4 Not-So-Easy Ways to Dismantle Racism in the Food System

Reparations and a Reparations Map for Black-Indigenous Farmers

Soul Fire Farm Action Steps for Food Sovereignty

Uprooting Racism in the Food System Immersion Program

Leah’s article in Yes! Magazine about the Black and Latinx Immersion Program

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Kayte Young

Kayte Young discovered her passion for growing, cooking, foraging and preserving fresh food when she moved to Bloomington in 2007. With a background in construction, architecture, nutrition education and writing, she brings curiosity and a love of storytelling to a show about all things edible. Kayte raises bees, a small family and a yard full of food in Bloomington’s McDoel Gardens neighborhood.

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