x, 355 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction : Black land matters -- Finding land and resources -- Planning your farm business -- Honoring the spirits of the land -- Degraded land -- Feeding the soil -- Crop planning -- Tools and technology -- Seed keeping -- Raising animals -- Plant medicine -- Urban farming -- Cooking and preserving -- Youth on land -- Healing from trauma -- Movement building -- White people uprooting racism.
Farming While Black is the first comprehensive "how to" guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture. At Soul Fire Farm, author Leah Penniman co-created the Black and Latino Farmers Immersion (BLFI) program as a container for new farmers to share growing skills in a culturally relevant and supportive environment led by people of color. Farming While Black organizes and expands upon the curriculum of the BLFI to provide readers with a concise guide to all aspects of small-scale farming, from business planning to preserving the harvest. Throughout the chapters Penniman uplifts the wisdom of the African diasporic farmers and activists whose work informs the techniques described--from whole farm planning, soil fertility, seed selection, and agroecology, to using whole foods in culturally appropriate recipes, sharing stories of ancestors, and tools for healing from the trauma associated with slavery and economic exploitation on the land. Woven throughout the book is the story of Soul Fire Farm, a national leader in the food justice movement.--AMAZON.
1603587616 (paperback )
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