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Author, Farmer, and Activist Leah Penniman Reading Black Earth Wisdom on March 29

by Peter Nell |

Please join CCOF in welcoming Leah Penniman for a reading of her latest book Black Earth Wisdom and a live Q&A. Copies of Black Earth Wisdom can be purchased online or through bookstores internationally. This event will be held on Zoom and is open to all CCOF community members.  

We encourage attendees to review Soul Fire Farm’s Guide to a Successful Collaboration for BIPOC Speakers, White Audiences and Soul Fire Farm’s Safer Space Agreements


This event is free.

When: March 29, 2023, 3 p.m. Pacific Time (U.S. and Canada)

Topic: Leah Penniman Black Earth Wisdom Reading and Q&A

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 751921

Or Telephone:

Dial+1 (669) 900-6833 + Webinar ID: 835 2689 1624 + Passcode: 751921




“A powerful and passionate collection of instructive perspectives on nature.”  



“Soulful, spirited, and often joyful, this is sustained by a deep reverence for the Earth and its ‘symbiotic living ecosystems.’ The result is a potent look at the overlap between the environmental and racial justice movements.”

~Publishers Weekly 


“Penniman and the interviewees offer a staggering range of reparative projects, including farms and community agricultural projects rooted in traditional African farming practices, heirloom seed cooperatives, nature therapy programs for juvenile offenders, and hiking groups for Black women and teens. It’s clear that Penniman and her contributors view Black environmentalism as healing therapy not only for Black individuals but for the planet.” 

~Starred Booklist 


Leah Penniman (all pronouns) is a Black Kreyol farmer, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As Co-ED and Farm Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs—including farmer training for Black and Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah has been farming since 1996, holds a Master of Arts in science education and a Bachelor of Arts in environmental science and international development from Clark University, and is a member of clergy in West African Indigenous Orisa tradition. Leah trained at Many Hands Organic Farm, Farm School MA, and internationally with farmers in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. She also served as a high school biology and environmental science teacher for 17 years. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Pritzker Environmental Genius Award, Grist 50, and James Beard Leadership Award, among others. Her books, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (2018) and Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists (2023) are love songs for the land and her people.