Leah Penniman encourages a new generation of black farmers with her new book.
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Leah Penniman encourages a new generation of black farmers with her new book.

In 1920, African American farmers owned 14% of all American farmland. Today, 45,000 black growers own just 2% of that land. The vast majority of them live in the South, according to census data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott speaks with Leah Penniman.

In her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the LandSoul Fire Farm co-founder Leah Penniman encourages a new generation of black farmers and places ownership of land and production of healthy food squarely on the path of self-determination for people of color.

Penniman joined On Second Thought for a conversation about farming and food justice.

 

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