Raptivist, spoken word artist, and abolitionist Amani Olugbala will present “Farming While Black: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty.”
Olugbala is part of the agricultural organization Soul Fire Farm, located on 72 acres in Grafton, NY. In addition to running a sliding-scale CSA for over 100 families in the Albany-Troy area, Soul Fire Farm also hosts immersive workshops on topics such as seedkeeping, climate-resilient farming, and decolonizing our food system.
“Farming While Black” will explore how American agriculture has been built on a foundation of exploitative practices ranging from slavery to land theft, and how we can move forward towards a sustainable system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
“Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices—from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA—have roots in African wisdom,” says Olugbala. Yet today fewer than two percent of farms in America are owned by black farmers, a figure down from 14 percent a century ago.
Soul Fire Farm is working to train a new generation of farmers of color, as well as stimulating conversation around how a history of land-based oppression and forced migration have resulted in a concentration of people of color in urban environments, often devoid of the psycho-spiritual and somatic benefits of connection to the earth.
The workshop is being presented by Epsilon Spires, an arts venue that seeks to act as a center of communication illuminating the relationship between creative arts, natural sciences, and sustainability. “Farming While Black” is part of a series of workshops, film screenings, and lectures that address contemporary political issues such as the detention of asylum seekers on an isolated island off the coast of Australia and the relevance of Marxian economics in our current atmosphere of globalization.
To RSVP for this free event, please visit https://www.epsilonspires.org/event-info/farming-while-black-with-soul-fire-farm.
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