The COLOR of FOOD is also a worldwide directory/map to connect and elevate the work of farmers and other food institutions led by people of color. Make sure you are represented as a farmer, gardener, chef or activist of color > get listed on the map.
A desire to feed my community sustainably and give back to the land led me on an eye-opening journey full of history, culture and self-discovery. I not only learned how to grow food, but I was reminded of those that came before me – and shared the same skin color as me. Those who dug the very first furrows of our fields and who poured sweat, blood and tears into the foundations that make up our agricultural system today. These communities are now, shamefully, on the brink of extinction. Farmers of color hold the dual titles of making up the majority of farmers worldwide, with the shittiest end of the stick in the global agribusiness industry (this is especially true for women).
I saw these faces and voices missing from the movement to change our food system. So I set out on a mission to find fellow brown farmers and hear their voices for myself. I began documenting my farming journey on this blog and subsequently wrote a series entitled The Color of Food for Grist.org. (see below) The response from this community was overwhelming and The COLOR of FOOD photo documentary project became the inevitable next step.
Grist series: The Color of Food
Grist.org, an environmental web magazine, was kind enough to follow me on my journey in 2010 and let me write about my experiences hopping from urban farm to urban farm, ranting about race issues along the way. Feel free to check out the articles as a series called The Color of Food: