Keynote Address at the Intergenerational Spring Seminar

Sharing the Virtual Keynote

Did you miss the Keynote from Soul Fire Farm at the 2021 Seminar? Or want to share it with your community?

You are welcome to purchase the pre-recorded keynote via Soul Fire Farm's online store where their fee table and usage details are also outlined.

2021 Virtual Keynote from Soul Fire Farm

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“Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty”

This virtual keynote address is delivered by Soul Fire Farm's Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman. The keynote storytelling weaves the history and structural realities of racial injustice in the food system, with movement strategies past and present of frontline communities mobilizing for food and land sovereignty. Learn how we can help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our local and global community.

Q&A With Brooke Bridges

The virtual keynote during Spring Seminar 2021 was followed by a live Q&A with Soul Fire Farm’s Food Justice Coordinator and Kitchen Magician, Brooke Bridges.

Watch the Recorded Q&A

About Soul Fire Farm

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Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. 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.

About the Presenters

Leah Penniman

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Leah Penniman, Co-Director and Farm Manager, (Li*/Ya/She/He) has over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, perennials, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil. Li’s book “Farming While Black” is a love song for the earth and her peoples.

Brooke Bridges

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Brooke Bridges: Food Justice Coordinator. Brooke's job title is broad, and a bit vague, because she wears a lot of hats. In 2019 Brooke joined the SFF team as an Assistant Kitchen Magician (aka assistant chef) for the BIPOC FIRE immersion programs, transitioned to a part time farmer, administrative assistant, and public speaker in 2020, and is now all of the above, plus the social media manager and coordinator. Brooke brings a background of mental health and social emotional learning to the table; running her own consulting business aside from working with Soul Fire Farm called Building Bridges SEL. She works with children to help them become more aware of their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, so they can live happier, healthier lives from the inside out. This is also why her passion is in food and farming, as we know that what we eat, just as much as what we think, shapes our minds and our hearts.

Check out the other resources from Spring Seminar 2021!