The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) and Land In Our Names (LION) are hosting a webinar with Leah Penniman from Soul Fire Farm to explore how we build an antiracist farming movement in the UK.
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices – from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA – have roots in African wisdom.
Unequal access to land is particularly stark in Britain, where land ownership is often inherited, and concentrated into hands of a few wealthy (white) individuals and families.
Little research exists on the racial demographics of land ownership but we do know that 1% of the population own more than 50% of the land in England alone, with 30% of land in the hands of the aristocracy and gentry.
In the UK, BAME communities are 60% less likely to be able to access green space and natural environments than their white counterparts. (source: Natural England).
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-colour led project that works toward food and land justice. Her new book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.
This webinar is being run as a fundraiser to support the work that LION are doing to address land justice in the UK. As a result there is a £5 charge for LWA members/people involved in LION and £7.50 for non members for tickets. However, there are a number of tickets also available for free to those who are short on funds.