It is a profound honor to host Amani Olugbala of Soul Fire Farm
. The evening is a great opportunity for essential discussion, education and raising awareness of the work and contributions of the Black farming community in Portland, the greater PNW as well as in a larger cultural context. This gathering is inspired by the new book by Soul Fire Farm entitled, Farming While Black
: Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty.
We are grateful to have two panelists from the local farming community join us: Rohn Amegatcher and Edward «Eddie» Benote Hill. They will share their expertise and experiences from the perspective of Black farmers, speaking on how to best support POC farmers.
Another intention is to create a space for our Black farming community to connect and be inspired by Soul Fire Farm's powerful message for African-heritage farmers. We hope to, as Soul Fire Farm says it best, «learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity and abundance for all members of our community.»
Join us for an impactful evening of community, spotlighting some of the experienced, amazing and skilled Black farmers and allies!
30 min reception
1.5 hr talk + panel
30 min wind down/social time
Ticket includes snacks. Beer + wine, non-alcoholic drinks available to purchase.
Soul Fire Farm is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices and end food apartheid. And now with Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering a comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim a rightful place of dignified agency in the food system.
Amani Olugbala, Assistant Director of Programs at Soul Fire Farm, is a storyteller and food justice advocate with 15+ years of experience in youth education and community outreach. Amani combines artistic expression, project-based learning and outdoor education tools to facilitate social justice-based workshops and discussions with both individuals and organizations. Raptivist, spoken word artist and abolitionist, Amani O+ is driven to uplift love, art & service as necessary expressions of rebellion against a sense of disconnection and hopelessness that threatens our collective peace and wellness.
Rohn Amegatcher is the owner of Log Hollow Farms
, an experimental permaculture farm and off grid living center. The farm was founded as a concept in 2011 from a gathering of circumstances and a dream to give practice to many of the ideas around sustainable living and self-sufficient food production. LHF is built around the idea of recovering what we refer to as lost knowledge, concepts of farming and living that served our ancestors well for generations.
Edward «Eddie» Benote Hill has, for the past 20+ years, been a driver of food justice and food systems improvement in the PNW, with a focus on building POC-community food resilience and infrastructure. Starting as an organic farmer in WA, Hill continues to promote and demonstrate how community-based food and green workforce development intersect. Hill's work includes founding the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Redbarn Ranch Farms for Tilth Alliance, working at Growing Power and consulting around the country on urban farm projects as a food systems planner.
Shannon Sims, Artist & Holistic Health Educator, Food Art Love
Lane Selman, Founder & Director, Culinary Breeding Network
Alison Wu, Food Stylist, Recipe Developer, Blogger, Wu Haus