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On America: We Are Each Other’s Harvest and the Legacy of Black Farmers

April 28, 2021 via Zoom

Over the past 100 years, the number of Black farmers working the land throughout the United States has gone from one million to 45,000. In a new installment of our On America series, we honored Black farmers, their land, and their legacy by celebrating the launch of Natalie Baszile’s impressive anthology We Are Each Other’s Harvest. The book examines the crisis of Black farming through first-person narratives of both seasoned farmers, who continue the legacy of their ancestors despite rampant land loss and systemic discrimination, and younger farmers just beginning, who view farming and land stewardship as a way to address food justice, reparations, and more.

Baszile was joined in conversation by Marvin Frink and Melony Edwards, both first-generation farmers, as well as Clyde W. Ford (The Hero with an African Face), a prolific writer and recipient of the 2006 Zora Neal Hurston-Richard Wright Award in African American Fiction, and Michael Twitty, a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter.