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Farming While Black: A Book Conversation with Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm

  • Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale 211 Park St New Haven, CT 06511 (map)

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices––from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and community supported agriculture (CSA)––have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to a decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding 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, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Extending this work is Leah’s recent and already widely acclaimed book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Join us as we host Leah for a book conversation, and to discuss how you can help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all.

This event is free and open to the public, and is a kick-off event for Afro-American Cultural Center’s Black History Month programming. It is co-sponsored by the Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale, Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, Endeavors, Yale Center for Business and the Environment, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.