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Black Lives Matter Book of the Week

Posted on: September 29, 2020

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Farming While Black

by Leah Penniman

At a time when Americans are closely examining all aspects of our society for racism, those of us interested in food issues would do well to start with this remarkable book. Author Leah Penniman, the 2019 recipient of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Award, is a Black Kreyol farmer who has been organizing for an anti-racist food system for over fifteen years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works to dismantle racism in the food system through a low-cost fresh food delivery service for people living under food apartheid, and training programs for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous aspiring farmer-activists.

“An extraordinary book.... Part agricultural guide part revolutionary manifesto.” –Vogue Magazine

“Leah is truly changing our food system one bite at a time.” –PBS

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