“Black Earth Wisdom” A Discussion with Author Leah Penniman

“Black Earth Wisdom” A Discussion with Author Leah Penniman

On Thursday April 27, 2023, at 5PM Central Time The Joy Trip Reading Project was honored to host an online discussion with Leah Penniman, author of “Black Earth Wisdom ~ Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists”

Leah is a Black Kreyol farmer, mother, soil nerd, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land.

As Co-ED and Farm Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs – including farmer training for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system.


Leah has been farming since 1996, holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a member of clergy in West African Indigenous Orisa tradition. Leah trained at Many Hands Organic Farm, Farm School MA, and internationally with farmers in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. She also served as a high school biology and environmental science teacher for 17 years.

The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Pritzker Environmental Genius Award, Grist 50, and James Beard Leadership Award, among others. Her books, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (2018) and Black Earth Wisdom: Soulful Conversations with Black Environmentalists (2023) are love songs for the land and her people.


The Joy Trip Reading Project is made possible thanks to the support of the

University of Wisconsin Madison Nelson Institute For Environmental Studies

With financial support from the Schlecht Family Foundation

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