“The book was written to uplift the noble and dignified history of Black agrarianism and to debunk the myth that our only relationship to land has been in the context of slavery and sharecropping”
This week on Earth Eats, a rebroadcast of our 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.
And we have a story from Harvest Public Media about US farmers hurting during the pandemic, due to a lack of farm workers with H-2A visas.
Leah Penniman 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.
Leah Penniman’s book, Farming While Black was released in October 2018 with Chelsea Green Publishing
Learn more about ideas discussed in our interview with Leah Penniman:
Stories On This Episode
It’s planting season across much of the United States, and some farmers who rely on foreign guest workers are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Though the immigration ban announced by president Trump this week will likely not apply to H-2A Visa holders, there are other hurdles.