Black Farming: Food Justice & Land Stewardship

Black communities have a long and complicated relationship with American soil. The ongoing call to address systemic racism, patterns of abuse, violence and dispossession have brought back to the mainstream the conversation of BIPOC communities' historical connections to land.

What are the connections between this history and current "food apartheid" (food deserts)? How is the Black farming movement connected to changes in larger food systems and the growth of worker cooperatives? How are people incorporating environmental sustainability into their work? And what can we learn from both the rich history of resistance and current strategies to inform how we resource a world where all people have access to healthy, fresh and locally sourced food?

Join the San Francisco Foundation and The Commonwealth Club of California as Doria Robinson, executive director of Urban Tilth, and Andrea Talley, worker-owner of the Mandela Grocery Cooperative, explore multiple issues and interconnections that surround farming and food access for BIPOC communities. In conversation with Natalie Baszile, noted author of Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other’s Harvest.


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This program is made possible by San Francisco Foundation's Bay Area Leads donors.


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Image - Doria Robinson

Doria Robinson

Executive Director, Urban Tilth

Image - Andrea Talley

Andrea Talley

Worker-Owner, Mandela Grocery Cooperative

Image - Natalie Baszile

Natalie Baszile

Author, Queen Sugar and We Are Each Other's Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy