Great article on GreenAmerica about the legacy and continued work of Black farmers as stewards of the Earth and activists for food justice, climate justice, and racial justice.
Black agriculturalists have long innovated in soil stewardship. In the 1890s, Dr. George Washington Carver developed a series of experiments proving that nitrogen-rich legume like peanuts could be used for more than a tasty spread, but also replenish soil when used in crop rotation. Centuries before Carver’s research, agriculturalists on the African continent sustained civilizations with regenerative techniques.
“I grew up detached from the food movement, because as an African American, my relationship to food was always around the narrative of slavery,” says Washington, who is now one of Penniman’s mentors. “We’re now telling young Black and Brown people in urban and rural areas that their connection to food is powerful and that we do have a place in agriculture.”
Read the whole article. It’s rich and tasty.
New picture for the Friday posts:
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Write about someone growing their own food.