Cultivate KC will explore Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty with the author of Farming While Black at its’ annual Friends & Family event.

Leah Penniman, author and co-founder of Soul Fire Farm, will give the keynote address at this year’s virtual event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-indigenous centered community farm in Petersburg, NY that works to uproot racism in the food system. Penniman co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 and works as the farm manager to help Black and Hispanic people reclaim their rights to the food system. She has more than 20 years of farming experience in Ghana, Haiti and Mexico and has worked with the Food ProjectFarm SchoolMany Hands Organic Farm, and Youth Grow programs. Penniman also wrote Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.

The event will include a discussion panel on agriculture and social justice with Kansas City growers, including Kansas City Community Gardens. Naima Penniman, a poet and Soul Fire Farm’s program manager, will perform the closing event.

Virtual attendees will receive access to articles and research on the state of the local food system and anecdotes from partners in the farming and community gardens. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. Register at Cultivate KC.