Reading is Resistance.

In collaboration with We Are Lit! Bookstore, each month, we’ll announce a new book collectively we can read together, You can read it on your own, or with friends. We'll provide some overarching reflection questions and an action item.

Books will be available for purchase all month long at South East Market and online.


Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land

Author: Leah Penniman

Forward by: Karen Washington


“Carrying on the legacy of our ancestral grandmothers, who braided seeds in their hair before boarding transatlantic slave ships, believing against odds in a future of sovereignty on land.”

Author Leah Penniman is a former public school teacher turned farmer who now runs Soul Fire Farm, an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. Their mission: “We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.”


❓ Why is it important to teach youth about farming and connecting to the earth, with a focus on sustainability principles and indigenous knowledge?

❓ What practices do you have or can you adopt to heal the intergenerational trauma of your family?

❓ Farming While Black discusses not just agriculture but also spirituality and the sacred. What does it mean to cultivate a relationship with the earth that honors the spirit of the land? How do you feed your spirit?

❓ What practices do you have or can you adopt to heal the intergenerational trauma of your family?


Follow and learn from these folks with us:

Agape Organic Farms

Groundswell Organic Farms

Soul Fire Farm

Tall Grass Food Box

Urban Growers Collective

Karen Washington

Rise and Root Farm

Seeding Sovereignty

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