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Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Emerson Hall, 135

On Thursday, March 7, Leah Penniman will lead a seminar  describing her work, as well as her newly published book, “Farming While Black”. Farmer, educator, food justice activist, and now writer, Leah does it all. Well known in the NY farming community, as the co-founding of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY, Leah has been an asset to this area for nearly 10 years. 

Established in 2011, Soul Fire Farm has a powerful mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim ancestral connection to the earth. Soul Fire Farm has acted as a hub for learning with programs like farm training for Black and Latinx people, sliding cost CSA, and youth food justice leadership. Soul Fire Farm works in collaboration with a large scale movement to take back Afro-Indigenous land stewardship knowledge and promote equality within the food system.

“Farming While Black, extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system,” Leah said of her new book. Leah will talk more about “Farming While Black” as well as a larger discussion of intersectionality between race and food issues.

The lecture starts at 4 p.m. and will take place on Cornell University’s Ithaca campus in Emerson Hall Room 135, with coffee and snacks provided. Following Leah’s lecture, there will be a half-hour panel discussion addressing questions about racial inequality in the food system as well as more general food justice topics. The panel is composed of Cornell Small Farms Program director Anu Rangarajan, Development Sociology Professor Scott Peters, and local farmer and advocate Raphael Aponte.

Join us for this exciting opportunity to hear from Leah and panelists discuss farming, food justice and equality within the food system. Use #FarmingWhileBlack to share the event on social. 

A few copies of Leah's book will be available for purchase by cash or check at the event. 

Unable to join the lecture on campus? You can join virtually via Zoom: A recording of the event will be available afterward.

This seminar is jointly sponsored by the Cornell Small Farms Program, Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources, and Related Science, School of Integrative Plant Science, Center for Conservation Social Sciences, and Cornell Community Food Systems Minor.

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Leah Penniman with Anu Rangarajan, Scott Peters and Raphael Aponte

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