Leah Penniman

Soul Fire Farm

Leah Penniman, Co-Director and Farm Manager, has over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, perennials, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil. Li’s book “Farming While Black” is a love song for the earth and her peoples.

"Seeding Sovereignty in the Food System"

  • How Leah's African ancestors inform the work she does with farming today.
  • How Soul Fire Farm implements restorative, carbon-negative, and biodiversity-restoring farming practices.
  • The Afro-indigenous roots the sustainable farming practices that are widely recognized today.
  • The impacts of racism, food insecurity, and health, all interrelated through our foodways.
  • Why Soul Fire Farm is on a mission to help educate, train and empower the next generation of youth activist farmers.
  • Why Soul fire Farm delivers free, farm-fresh food to people facing food insecurity in their community.
  • Why forming community-based farms and sharing is so vital to building a more resilient future.
  • How people can support and connect with Soul Fire Farm.