“So what I’m trying to do is get those different groups of people together to come to the garden to grow what they want to be growing in terms of cultural relevance…and hope when we get all in that garden …
Seeds are the essence of life, and Rowen is the co-founder of Sierra Seed Cooperative in Nevada City, CA. She broadens our view of seeds from a source of food to a vehicle for the transmission of culture itself. Thank you for your work, Rowen!
At Radix Farm, sustainability means treating the entire farm environment with care and respect. We grow four acres of diversified produce without the use of synthetic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Our natural growing methods and small-scale enables us to provide individual attention to the plants and nurture the soil. In addition, we strive to increase local food security and make nutritious food accessible to all members of the community.
spent my early 20’s travelling India, Nepal, China, and Tibet alone in the mountains, sometimes weeks on end in the Himalayas. I was gone for a year. Even with all the experiences of being smuggled in the back of a jeep into Tibet, nothing could prepare me for the absolute wild ride that farming would take me on. I knew I had to share my story of a being a women in agriculture. There was a book somewhere in there, just waiting to be written.
How can we fix this broken food system in our world? Well we can start by securing one community food system at a time.
My life has changed a lot since becoming a lady farmer and farm owner, in several ways.
Its more than a profession, its committing to a lifestyle. With farming you get up before the sun and go to sleep after it sets, you work in the cold and the heat, you wear a lot of hats – you are spending months and months growing food and then you have to turn around and sell it too; you work straight through the season (what are weekends?), maybe missing some social events but knowing that once winter comes you get around three months off to be social and travel and plan the following season – we just took a month long trip to Indonesia.
Itʼs a cool spring day in Merville, BC as Moss Dance, sole proprietor of Ripple Farm, unfurls irrigation lines along tightly spaced rows of lettuces. Itʼs early in the season, but there are already fresh greens, radishes and onions ready to harvest for the weekly farmersʼ market.
Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening.