Black Womxn Farmers Fight the Pandemic With a Food Revolution

My latest for the South Seattle Emerald. It was such an honor to photograph and write about Seattle sisters Nyema Clark and Shanelle Donaldson farming for Black health and liberation. In a time of pandemic when Black lives are being ravaged because of centuries of racism, Shanelle’s and Nyema’s food/environmental justice work is more critical than ever. This piece continues a story series I started last summer on Womxn and Nonbinary Farmers of Color in Washington State. The series is supported by NW Journalists of Color and the Facebook COVID-19 Journalism Project.

Native Women’s Legacy of Sustainability

SO EXCITED to announce ~drum roll~ that my Womxn and Non-binary Farmers of Color visual storytelling project is now a series at the South Seattle Emerald! Over the next months/year, I will be introducing womxn and non-binary farmers of color in Washington State who are at the leading edge of farming for change. I can’t wait for you to learn about these incredible folks. For my inaugural piece, please meet Elizabeth Bragg and Victoria Plumage, the magnificent Indigenous womxn behind Long Hearing Farm and Indigenous Roots, LLC

New Project! Womxn and Nonbinary Farmers of Color

Long Hearing Farm, Rockport, Washington

This summer I was awarded the inaugural 2019 Northwest Journalists of Color Visual Storytelling Grant. It’s my first grant ever and incredibly exciting. The funding has helped me launch a series I’ve been thinking of for a long time on Womxn and Nonbinary Farmers of Color. In this post, I’d like to share a little more with you about the project.

Food inequity, environmental injustice, and climate change are among the most urgent social issues of our time. The world’s most disenfranchised communities (e.g. communities of color, the poor, and the global south) are already experiencing the worst impacts of global warming, which include lack of access to nutritious food and clean water. The pursuit of social justice today is inextricably intertwined with the fight for food and climate justice.

In that fight, Womxn and Nonbinary Farmers of Color are extraordinarily important. Project Drawdown, a research group of over 200 scholars, students, scientists, researchers and activists, recently released a plan to reverse global warming over the next three decades. Among Project Drawdown’s 100 solutions to climate change were: educating girls and empowering women; supporting women smallholders/farmers; and protecting Native lands.

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