December 7-8, 2019
Harrisonburg, VA
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“A theory and action training for farming and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society.”

Program Overview: The Uprooting Racism training is a theory and action workshop for environmental and food justice leaders to uproot systemic racism in our organizations and society. We delve deep into the history and structural realities of racial injustice and develop an understanding of the movement strategies of frontlines communities struggling for food sovereignty. We will examine our personal and societal roles of complicity in and resistance to the system. Much of the time will be spent developing tangible action plans – to use of sphere of influence to uproot these oppressions. True to Soul Fire Farm’s values and culture, this work will be rooted in fierce love, courageous self-reflection, and healing connection to land.

Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC*-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

*Black, Indigenous, People of Color

Potential Topics Covered

  • History of racism and resistance in the food system
  • Current inequities in the food system

  • Guidelines for dismantling white supremacy 

  • Organizational anti-racist audit

  •  Intersectionality and privilege

  • Contributions of identity groups to food justice – Black, Latinx, Asian, Multiracial, LGBTQIA

  • Cultural appropriation

  • Redlining, gentrification, and urban agriculture

  • Courageous conversations and “calling in”

  • Food justice policy strategy

  • Strategic action planning

  • Radical self-love