Leah Penniman

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Pritzker Finalist Leah Penniman in Bay Journal: Black farmers embrace African practices as empowering

In recent years, Axum said he has noticed a “big movement” among Black farmers toward embracing organic methods. These aren’t practices borrowed from White organizations and individuals but rather from within their own cultural heritage, reaching back to the verdant plains and terraced slopes of Africa. A key thought leader and practitioner in the movement calls it “Farming While Black.” In her 2018 book of the same title, Leah Penniman outlines a step-by-step business plan for aspiring Black and Brown farmers seeking a harmonious relationship with the environment.