Leah Penniman, Co-Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm, will give the Food Day Keynote lecture. Learn how you can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for the whole community.
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 drastic decline in their numbers, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of farmland. Leah Penniman and Soul Fire Farm are 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.
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. Leah has been farming since 1996, holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in the Vodun religion. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, is a love song to the land and her people.
The work of the author and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Grist 50, and the James Beard Foundation, among others.
Free and open to the public. The bookstore will be on hand with copies of Farming While Black for purchase and signing.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Dartmouth Dining Services, the Office of Sustainability, Farm Club, the Environmental Studies Program, the Department of Geography, the Cows, Land, and Labor Conference, and the African and African American Studies Program.
In 1920, 14 percent of all land-owning US farmers were black. Today less than 2 percent of farms are controlled by black people--a loss of over 14 million acres and the result of discrimination and dispossession.