We're offering our support in the quest for a more sustainable, ethical, and equitable food system.
“Stewarding our own land, growing our own food, educating our own youth, participating in our own healthcare and justice systems. This is the source of real power and dignity.” — Leah Penniman, co-founder, Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm, based in Petersburg, New York, is a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) - centered community farm that has grown into a national leader in the movements of food sustainability and justice.
Discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led their numbers to decline from 14 percent of all U.S. growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities across the country suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems.
Soul Fire Farm, co-founded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. 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.
The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land was published in November 2018.
Please watch the video to learn more about the farm, and read about their Seven Strategies for Food Sovereignty here.
You can support their farm directly by donating here, or you can purchase anything on our site knowing confidently that 5% of the purchase will be donated.