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Reclaiming Land as a Black Farmer with Leah Penniman

Today we’re talking with Leah Penniman, Co-Director and Program Manager of the Soul Fire Project. Leah co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people.
Leah’s areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, food justice organizing, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil.
In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • The history of black farming in the United States, and why there are so few black farmers today
  • Why Leah prefers the term food apartheid, instead of food desert
  • Creating a deeper relationship to the land and the food harvested from it, while working a full-time job
  • Soul Fire’s revolutionary programming to empower and re-connect BIPOC folk to the land 
  • How Leah and her husband started a farm while having other jobs, commitments, and two children
  • How to prepare more balanced meals when living in a food dessert
  • & MORE!



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