In the Blackseat

S2, Episode 6 | In the Blackseat, Unorthodox Professions, Black Farmer

April 14, 2021 Liz M. Season 2 Episode 6
In the Blackseat
S2, Episode 6 | In the Blackseat, Unorthodox Professions, Black Farmer
Show Notes

Many of those kidnapped from Africa during the Transatlantic Slave Trade were farmers. They brought with them techniques to grow and harvest multiple crops that helped build the economy of America, and the entire world. In modern times, the descendants of those farmers have faced an arduous road - their land has been stolen, they've been unable to access government subsidies and benefits that white farmers can easily take advantage of. The dramatic decrease in Black farmers is happening at the same time that Black folks in the cities are facing food inequity and food apartheid - new terms I learned from my guest and CEO of Gardeneers, Selma Sims.

This sista is an agronomist and urban farmer, and is on a mission to make everyone more aware of the food system. We had an incredible conversation that was political, agricultural and cultural - you won't look at what you eat every day, or the resources in your neighborhood the same after listening. She gives advice to those who want to start their own gardens, or start neighborhood gardens, talks about the difference between soil and dirt AND puts some respect on the name of George Washington Carver. You're going to love her as much as I did, I guarantee!