Farming while Black : Soul Fire Farm's practical guide to liberation on the land
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Contributors
Washington, Karen, writer of foreword.
Published
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.
Status
Shirlington - Adult Nonfiction
630.8996 PENNI
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Published
White River Junction, Vermont : Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.
Format
Book
Physical Desc
x, 355 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Language
English

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-337) and index.
Description
"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. While farm management is among the whitest of professions, farm labor is predominantly brown and exploited, and people of color disproportionately live in "food apartheid" neighborhoods and suffer from diet-related illness. The system is built on stolen land and stolen labor and needs a redesign. 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 Latinx 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. The technical information is designed for farmers and gardeners with beginning to intermediate experience. For those with more experience, the book provides a fresh lens on practices that may have been taken for granted as ahistorical or strictly European. Black ancestors and contemporaries have always been leaders--and continue to lead--in the sustainable agriculture and food justice movements. It is time for all of us to listen"--Publisher's website.
Awards
Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) Annual Literature Award - Nominee, 2019

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Penniman, L., & Washington, K. (2018). Farming while Black: Soul Fire Farm's practical guide to liberation on the land . Chelsea Green Publishing.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Penniman, Leah and Karen, Washington. 2018. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation On the Land. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Penniman, Leah and Karen, Washington. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation On the Land White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Penniman, Leah,, and Karen Washington. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation On the Land Chelsea Green Publishing, 2018.

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