Episode 14: Leah Penniman

Feb 2nd, 2021

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, mother, soil nerd, author and food justice activist. She co-funded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim the ancestral connection to the land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs, including farmer trainings for Black and Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. She is also the author of the 2018 published book “Farming While Black”. Tune in to learn more about:

– How the Soul Fire Farm is adapting to the pandemics (not only COVID-19, but also anti-Black policy violence, wildfires)

– How the whole Soul Fire Farm team figured out how to move their in-person, hands-on practice to the web

– The fight to build equity in access to land, sustenance, and power in the food system

– About policy and labor laws and the new comprehensive bill to address the history of discrimination in federal agricultural policy: The Justice of Black Farmers Act

– How small resilient food systems can feed the world

– What inspires and sustains her to keep doing this work

Visit www.soulfirefarm.org to learn more about their work.