I feel a little MIA from this blog lately as things have been picking up for the farm season, but I am determined to keep writing!
Aside from combating relentless weeds as the summer heats up (by the way we went from winter to mid-summer just like that, but it has absolutely nothing to do with global warming..<sarcastic face>), racing the clock to get all the hot weather crops in the ground and enjoying the sweet red harvest of June strawberries while working the farmers’ markets…
…I am also gearing up to get other farmers’ stories on here, like back in the day when I was hopping around farms from Brooklyn to Detroit.
But this time I can’t travel as much, if hardly at all until farming season ends, so I am putting out a call for brown farmers (any farmers of color) to submit stories to be posted here on Brown.Girl.Farming.
The idea behind collecting farmers’ stories ties in with my work on The Color of Food – which is raising voices of farms and food initiatives led by people of color. This work is vital for so many reasons. It’s time we hear from the impacted communities fighting injustices in the food system, food movement and even the current global food and land crises. While we also bring forth the forgotten faces of an industry that is tied directly into the culture, traditions and history of our people; an industry that would be nowhere without the preservation of the community’s traditional agricultural knowledge and practices.
These stories can be happy or sad, short or long, comprehensive or just pieces worth sharing. They can be about the larger picture of being a farmer of color, the issues faced or the perceptions of the future; or they can just reflect on a farming memory or current event on the farm.
Tell your story about growing up on a farm in the South, passed down from your great grandparents who were Black sharecroppers. Tell your story about planting corn with your mother who saves seeds used in her Native tribe for generations. Tell your story about moving to this country and starting a farm against the wishes of your family who are trying to move past the negative agricultural working lifestyle endured by many campesinos.
With the telling and sharing of these stories will come unity. And that’s all we need to build to win- community.
*If you don’t have a farm story and know someone who does – send them this post! Submitting a story is simple – either type it up and send to this email address or reply to this post with a request to tell your story via phone while I do the typing.
** All stories will be posted on this blog with permission of the storyteller and can remain anonymous or not. Stories printed here will also be considered for print in The Color of Food documentary book project, as well as potential subjects for The Color of Food documentary film – made in partnership with Bessai TransMedia Productions.