I could write a book solely based on my visit with these two inspiring, beautiful souls. Their work, knowledge, experience and practices in community and land is priceless. I left Tierra Negra Farm with a hope that more young farmers like them will lead the way for the future of agriculture and community healing.
Tahz and Cristina are deeply involved with their community, both with fellow young people of color passionate about growing food and sustaining the land, as well as the elders and Natives of their area. “We have to understand when working the land here that people have their people beneath our feet,” says Cristina, “[their] mentorship and eldership is everything.”
Cristina and Tahz have helped start some great community initiatives, like their Just Us dinners, where they get together with their community for potlucks and a space to test out food/farming ideas and workshops. The need for the Just Us dinners was realized when they saw the food movement in Durham excluding people of color.
In an effort to save the many gems of information Cristina and Tahz shared for when the Color of Food book is out, I’m going to keep it short here (sorry! I will actually start shortening all the farmer profiles I post while on the road, it’s hard to type and drive!), though I would otherwise spill over here with their ideas and perspectives on race, community and farming.
‘Until the book! 😉