Black Farming: Community Land & Food Sovereignty Conference

  • September 10, 2021
  • September 11, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • September 10, 2021 (EDT)
  • September 11, 2021, 9:30 AM 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Online

Organization: The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions

Black Farming: Community Land & Food Sovereignty Conference

Sept 10-11 2021

This year's conference will have a focus on looking at the economic impacts and the power of the cooperative business model with an emphasis on the power of growing your own food, from seed saving, to community gardening and celebrating the contributions of our black and underrepresented food and farming community. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Leah Penniman, Malik Yakini and Ira Wallace.

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Farm & Research Tours at Central State University – Advanced Registration only

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Central State University, Main Campus

Friday, September 10, 2021

Evening Keynote Address by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, Author of Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice

Moderator: Dr. Kevin McGruder, Historian & Professor, Antioch College

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Virtual attendance only hosted by the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center (NAAMCC) *Limited in-person attendance at NAAMCC available! Pre-registration required!


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Conference Start Time: 9:30am

Welcome & Introductions 9:45am

Location: Virtual

10:00am – 10:45am: Keynote Address: Malik Yakini, Co-founder & Executive Director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

11:00am – 11:45am: Keynote Address: Leah Penniman, Co-founder, Soul Fire Farm & Author of Farming While Black

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Moderated Discussion with Leah Penniman & Malik Yakini

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Break

1:30pm – 3:00pm Breakouts Sessions – 45 min. Breakout sessions to run concurrently; 1:30pm - 2:15pm; 2:15pm - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Breakout Session 1A - 1:30pm – 2:15pm Detroit Black Community Food Security Session Presented by Malik Yakini

Breakout Session 1B - 1:30pm – 2:15pm Seed Saving Workshop

Presented by Beth Bridgeman & Kenisha Robinson

Breakout Session 1C - 1:30pm – 2:15pm Central State University Breakout Session

Breakout Session 1D – 1:30pm – 2:15pm Setting up and Protecting Your Business Presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Breakout Session 2A - 2:15pm – 3:00pm Detroit Black Community Food Security Session Presented by Malik Yakini

Breakout Session 2B - 2:15pm - 3:00pm Central State University Breakout Session

Breakout Session 2C - 2:15pm - 3:00pm Setting up and Protecting Your Business Presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

3:00 – 4:00pm: Keynote Address: Ira Wallace, Acorn Community Farm and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

4:00pm – 5:00pm – Where do we go from here? - Facilitated discussion

Conference Adjourns


Keynote bios:

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 for25 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a Black & Brown led project that works toward food and land justice. Her book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Find out more about Leah’s work at www.soulfirefarm.org and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Malik Kenyatta Yakini is co-founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN). DBCFSN operates the seven-acre D-Town Farm and is spearheading the opening of, the Detroit Food Commons, in Detroit’s North End that will house the Detroit People’s Food Co-op. Yakini views the work of DBCFSN as part of the larger movement for building power, self- determination, and justice. He is adamantly opposed to the systems of white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy. He has an intense interest in contributing tothe development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black communities in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.   He is a co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance.


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