Farming While Black: An Evening with Leah Penniman

Farming While Black: An Evening with Leah Penniman

Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty

Join CUESA for an evening with farmer Leah Penniman, author of Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. We’ll explore the intersectionality of food and economic equity, systemic racism, and climate through Leah’s experiential work, which aims to end racism and injustice in our food system. By restoring regenerative Afro-indigenous farming practices and addressing discrimination and violence against African-American farmers, learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.

Leah Penniman (Li/Ya/She/He) is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice.

Leah will be joined and introduced by Chanowk Yisrael, Chief Seed Starter of Yisrael Family Urban Farm.

Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, Ferry Building, San Francisco

Reception featuring refreshments from CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (included with admission) to follow.

CUESA acknowledges the many historical factors that have led to a wide range of inequities in the United States. This talk is an opportunity for us to all investigate the impacts these histories continue to have on access to fresh food and agricultural land. We invite you to consider San Francisco’s living wage ($20.58/hour or $42,806/year), as you purchase your ticket for the event.

No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact [email protected] ahead of time to reserve a scholarship ticket. If the event is not sold out, scholarship tickets will also be sold at the door.

CUESA’s 2020 panel discussion series is generously sponsored by glassybaby white light fund.