Antioch College will once again be partnering in support of the Black Farming Conference hosted by the Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice. Black Farming: Community Land & Food Sovereignty Conference will be held online September 10 through 11. Registration is free and available at this link.
Community members from the College will be involved with the conference itself. Associate Professor of History Dr. Kevin McGruder will moderate the evening keynote address on September 10 by Dr. Jessica Gordon Nembhard, author of Collective Courage: A History of African-American Economic Thought and Practice.
Beth Bridgeman, Associate Professor of Cooperative Education and Sustainable Practice, and Ariella Brown, Associate Director of Gender Equity Programs & Education, are also both conference committee members.
Black Farming: Community Land & Food Sovereignty also features keynote addresses by Malik Yakini, co-founder & executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network; Leah Penniman, co-founder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black; and Ira Wallace, a worker/owner of the cooperative Southern Exposure Seed Exchange seed company and member of Acorn Community, which farms over 60 acres of certified organic land in Central Virginia.
Other sessions will include farm and research tours at Central State University, moderated discussions, a presentation on the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network by Malik Yakini, and Setting up and Protecting Your Business presented by Nationwide Insurance and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.