Leah Penniman

Leah is a farmer and educator based in the Albany, N.Y., area.

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Saturday, May 07, 2016
After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise
A few years ago, while clearing dried broccoli stalks from the tired soil of our land at Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York, I received a cold call from Boston. On the other end was a Black woman, unknown to me, who wanted to share her story of trying to make it as a farmer. After more than a...
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Saturday, August 15, 2015
Four Ways Mexico’s Indigenous Farmers Are Practicing the Agriculture of the Future
Affectionately called “Professor” by his neighbors, Josefino Martinez is a well-respected indigenous farmer and community organizer from the remote town of Chicahuaxtla, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He watched with patient attention as I showed him photographs of Soul Fire Farm, my family’s...
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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
In August, five young men showed up at Soul Fire Farm, a sustainable farm near Albany, New York, where I work as educator and food justice coordinator. It was the first day of a new restorative justice program, in partnership with the county’s Department of Law. The teens had been convicted of...
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