Naima Penniman, Soul Fire Farm, featured speaker at First Annual Freedom Garden Harvest Celebration
The first annual Freedom Gardens Harvest Celebration featuring Naima Penniman, spoken word/hip hop artist and Program Director of Soul Fire Farm will be included in the 2020 Buffalo Food Sovereignty Week. Celebrate with us as we tell the story of our resilience, our self sufficiency, our self determination and our desire to thrive and not just survive the COVID virus. As gardeners we were successful in growing organic food in our own backyards! This is unprecedented! You are invited to sign into Zoom on Tuesday, October 13th at 7pm to meet our volunteers, sponsors, the gardeners and their families, hear the plans for next year, learn how to become a freedom gardener and share in our triumphs!
Register for your free event ticket(s) on Eventbrite.com. The first 20 to register on line will get a “gift”!
Where: Join Zoom meeting online https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85164056444
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“We ‘grow’ to support ourselves, control our destinies, and provide for our families while building a healing community that is healthy and well.”
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Buffalo Freedom Gardens Partners: Soul Fire Farms, Food for the Spirit, Buffalo Food Equity Network (BFEN), Grassroots Gardens, CopperTown Block Club, Access to A-Free-Ka, Juneteenth Festival of Buffalo, NY, Seeding Resilience, Buffalo Love Your Block, CCE Erie County Master Gardener Program, WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund Buffalo, Fruition Seeds, Urban Fruits & Veggies, Feed Buffalo, Black Ink Press, and the African Heritage Food Co-op
In 2019, we hosted Buffalo Food Sovereignty Week and it was a wonderful way to galvanize around the good work Buffalo Food Equity Network members and partners are doing in the community. (Click here to read about last year’s events). So this year we are doing it again!
In October 2020, during harvest season, local organizations are collaborating once again on several events to improve the health and economy for communities of color in Buffalo. With an emphasis on Black and Indigenous community members and food systems leaders, the events will bring Buffalo communities together to learn with and from each other.
- Gardening Days – On Saturday, October 10, Food for the Spirit will partner with Freedom Gardens, the Lincoln Memorial Church Garden and Food Pantry, Neuwater & Associates, and the CopperTown Block Club to host a Gardening Days event at two community garden sites stewarded by African American garden leaders in Buffalo. The virtual event will include stories of the garden and information about these important initiatives. All are welcome to join the virtual event, which will take place online on Saturday, October 10 at 10:00 AM. To register, visit http://bit.ly/GardeningDays2020.
- Freedom Gardens Harvest Celebration – On Tuesday, October 13, everyone is invited to join Freedom Gardens and Food for the Spirit for a celebratory event with Naima Penniman of Soul Fire Farm. This participatory and poetic event will feature inspiring solutions from Freedom Gardens, Soul Fire Farm, and solutions from other BIPOC-led organizations and movements, both past and present. All are welcome to join us on Tuesday, October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. To register, visit https://bit.ly/3lxNLJh.
- Building Foundations for Food Sovereignty: Collective Leadership & Storytelling – On Wednesday, October 21, the Nexus Community Leadership Learning Initiative will co-host a “virtual visit” with members of the Buffalo Food Equity Network to learn about shared decision-making and leadership processes that are advancing food sovereignty in Buffalo, NY. All are welcome to join this virtual event, which will take place online on Wednesday, October 21 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM (EST). To register, visit http://bit.ly/BfloFoodStories2020_Registration.
Everyone is invited to these free and engaging public events! Come out to learn what is going on to make healthy and sustainable diets available and affordable to everyone.
On Tuesday, July 28, we hosted our third and final session of Conversations on Race & Racism in 2020. Once again, we had nearly 50 people in attendance and a video recording of that session is embedded below.
This week, we were joined by a special guest, Danielle Ohlson of Newark Central Schools. Danielle is also a trainer with Wayne Action for Racial Equality. For further inquiry and action opportunities, several resources were offered at the close of Tuesday’s presentation. Those resources are included below.
In 2020, Conversations on Race & Racism are sponsored by 13 libraries in the Pioneer Library Systems. A list of the sponsoring libraries are below.
For those of you who were unable to attend last Tuesday’s program, here it is on YouTube:
Here are the resources for inquiry and action:
- John Lewis Love in Action from On Being with Krista Tippett
- Black History Boot Camp with GirlTrek
- ‘We Get There First or White Supremacists Do’: How These Rural Canvassers Disrupt Racist Narratives from In These Times; and
- Two Core Concepts Trainings with Political Healers (“Foundation of Feminine Leadership” on August 12; and “Feeling Safe, Seen & Heard: Trauma-Informed Practice in Movement Spaces” on August 26, 2020)
Here is a list of the libraries that sponsored this event:
- Naples Library
- Newark Public Library
- Wadsworth Library
- Marion Public Library
- Palmyra Community Library
- Lyons Public Library
- Geneva Public Library
- Livonia Public Library
- Victor Farmington Library
- Sodus Community Library
- Clyde-Savannah Public Library
- Gorham Free Library
- Macedon Public Library