We are each other's harvest : celebrating African American farmers, land, and legacy

by Baszile, Natalie,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary

From the author of Queen Sugar--now a critically acclaimed series on OWN directed by Ava Duvernay--comes a beautiful exploration and celebration of black farming in America.



In this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, photographs, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine black people's connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. In the 1920s, there were over one million black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Baszile explores this crisis, through the farmers' personal experiences. In their own words, middle aged and elderly black farmers explain why they continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss. The "Returning Generation"--young farmers, who are building upon the legacy of their ancestors, talk about the challenges they face as they seek to redress issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and reparations.

These farmers are joined by other influential voices, including noted historians Analena Hope Hassberg and Pete Daniel, and award-winning author Clyde W. Ford, who considers the arrival of Africans to American shores; and James Beard Award-winning writers and Michael Twitty, reflects on black culinary tradition and its African roots. Poetry and inspirational quotes are woven into these diverse narratives, adding richness and texture, as well as stunning four-color photographs from photographers Alison Gootee and Malcom Williams, and Baszile's personal collection.

As Baszile reveals, black farming informs crucial aspects of American culture--the family, the way our national identity is bound up with the land, the pull of memory, the healing power of food, and race relations. She reminds us that the land, well-earned and fiercely protected, transcends history and signifies a home that can be tended, tilled, and passed to succeeding generations with pride. We Are Each Other's Harvest elevates the voices and stories of black farmers and people of color, celebrating their perseverance and resilience, while spotlighting the challenges they continue to face. Luminous and eye-opening, this eclectic collection helps people and communities of color today reimagine what it means to be dedicated to the soil.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Connection to the land has been and is a foundational way that we humans relate to the world around us. In the U.S., this relationship, like all American history, is fraught and complicated, mostly due to colonization, enslavement, and a multitude of other injustices perpetrated by white settlers. Baszile (Queen Sugar, 2014) has curated this anthology of essays, photographs, conversations, poetry, and more to explore Black farmers' connections to the land in the U.S., from Emancipation to the present day. Contributors include farmers, historians, writers, and photographers, who bring a variety of perspectives on identity and the way it is interconnected with the land and history. With stunning color portraits and quotes from iconic writers, leaders, and others interspersed throughout, this well-researched collection is readable (while it requires sitting with some hard truths), informative, and inspiring. Black farming and farmers play a much more significant role in American culture than is typically represented, and this collection brings that information beautifully to the fore, as well as inviting readers to interrogate their own connections to the land and this history."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Novelist Baszile (Queen Sugar) explores the legacy of "Black and brown farmers" in this winning anthology of essays, poems, photographs, and interviews. Analena Hope Hassberg, a professor of ethnic studies at Cal Poly Pomona, examines farming as a "revolutionary act," noting that enslaved Africans kept small garden plots on U.S. plantations and "often had higher vitamin, mineral, and protein levels than poor whites who also struggled to survive in the face of starvation." Clif Sutton and his father, Dexter Faison, owners of Straw Hat Farms in Turkey, N.C., discuss their family's farming legacy and the advantages of passing land from one generation to the next, as opposed to starting from scratch. Novelist and memoirist Clyde Ford details how discrimination against Black landowners by elected farm service committees in the South helped to fuel the civil rights movement, while Jim Embry, founder of Sustainable Communities Network, looks at how Indigenous agricultural traditions and communal structures can help fight climate change and racial inequality. Throughout, poems by Kevin Young, Joy Harjo, and others resonant with the themes discussed. With its attractive presentation and incisive blend of academic, creative, and real-world perspectives, this inspirational survey is a fitting tribute to Black farmers throughout history. Agent: Kim Witherspoon, InkWell Management. (Apr.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects African American farmers.
African Americans -- Agriculture.
Agriculture -- United States -- History.
African Americans -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xiii, 351 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-343).
ISBN 9780062932563
006293256X
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