What People Are Saying About Freedom Farmers...
A refreshing and potentially paradigm-shifting study, combining narrative and an interdisciplinary methodology that draws on archival research and ethnography. It moves the African American agrarian experience into the twentieth century, reconceptualizing it, not just as an experience of oppression, but as a strategic approach to black liberation.
— Sundiata Cha-Jua, University of Illinois
Meticulously researched, trenchantly analyzed, and engagingly written, this book brings to life the culture, the theorists, the scientists, the farmers, and the organizers that have kept agriculture at the center of African American emancipation, civil rights, and present-day movements for human rights and self-determination. From a rising activist-scholar, a visionary book of remembrance and hope.
— Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First
Black Creek Community Farm
Abena joins us to read a quote by Bell Hooks from Monica M. White’s book “Freedom Farmers”! Happy Black History Month! #foodjustice
Grow Magazine (UW-Madison)
“The story of Black agriculture is one of those stories that people don’t know,” says Monica White (@thegardengriot). But with her book, “Freedom Farmers,” she has recovered and shared lost stories of resistance and liberation. go.wisc.edu/grow-monica-wh #spring2021grow
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/LAF
“Through their knowledge of African crops & their agricultural prowess, enslaved Africans supported the development of cash crops & commodities such as sugar, coffee, chocolate, & rice, as well as subsistence crops” (Freedom Farmers – Monica M. White) #Blktwitterstorians
National Farmers Union
Here are some ideas for how to do that:
1. Educate yourself about racism in agriculture.
There are several excellent books on the subject – we recommend Farming While Black by Leah Penniman, Freedom Farmers by Monica White, and Dispossession by Pete Daniel.
Dr. Kristen Reynolds
In other news, my review of Dr. Monica White’s book “Freedom Farmers” was published this week. Thank you @thegardengriot for your important work! rdcu.be/b7V5e
Thérèse Nelson @Blackculinary
Shouts out to @thegardengriot and
@AMReese07 for killing the game and winning @ASFS_org awards for their beautiful books. If you’ve not read “Freedom Farmers” or “Black Food Geographies” you need to go to wherever books are sold and #CopYourCopy
Looking to educate yourself about #racism in American #agriculture? Read
Farming While Black by Leah Penniman
Freedom Farmers by Monica White
Dispossession by Pete Daniel, and
Black Food Geographies by Ashanté M. Reese