notes from the field 001: spring happenings

Hey family,

It has been a busy Spring, and we are just getting started.

We are back in the fields at Semente Farm, working hard to reengage the landscape we’ve cultivated over the last two seasons. We are so damn excited and grateful to be able to return to this land and grow beautiful herbs, vegetables, and flowers for our family, friends, and neighbors. It is a blessing we do not take for granted.

The amazing fam that came to the Wild Fermentation skillshare and made a ginger bug.

The amazing fam that came to the Wild Fermentation skillshare and made a ginger bug.

Aside from farming, we’ve also been busy with local food justice work. In April, Whitney was invited to offer a skillshare on wild fermentation at this year’s bEARTHday Fest (a super fly festival celebrating the Earth’s dopeness), where she taught attendees about fermented food, and how to make a “ginger bug” (which she uses to ferment/carbonate her ginger beer). She was also invited to Spelman College’s Sister of the Soil Symposium, where she sat on panel with other farmers, organizers, educators, and landworkers. The theme was sankofa, which teaches us that in order to move forward into our futures, we have to look back at, and honor, where we’ve been. For us, this is embodied in our deep desire to practice land stewardship in ways that honor ancestral practices and legacies, to be in relationship with elder farmers, and grow crops that speak to the cultural lifeways of our people. The other panelists were our dear friend Keisha Cameron of High Hog Farm, Cashawn Myers (H.A.B.E.S.H.A.), Rashid Nuri (founder of Truly Living Well), and the Southern organizing giant (and one of our personal heroes) Shirley Sherrod (Southwest Georgia Project/New Communities). All the panelists talked about what brought them into this work, about nation building, and about the sacrifices so many have made to resist this oppressive system and build a movement that has fed so many of us. It was a sweet beginning to the season.

Whitney with Keisha, Mama Shirley, Rashid, Cashawn, and Jilo.

Whitney with Keisha, Mama Shirley, Rashid, Cashawn, and Jilo.

A glamour shot of our beautiful red ruby cabbage. This planet is wilddddd, ain’t it?

A glamour shot of our beautiful red ruby cabbage. This planet is wilddddd, ain’t it?

In May, Whitney gave a compost workshop for 25 folks at Food Well Alliance’s Soil Fest. It was great to be with other folks who are passionate about soil, composting, and being in better relationship to the land and the planet that sustains us all.

All of that, AND we are hard at work on the farm: cleaning up, making our beds, and planting seeds and plants. Brandon has been buzzing along doing some heavy lifting by getting some our infrastructure ordered, and putting down tons (quite literally) of soil amendments. The Spring awakening is very very real, y’all.

Wishing that you experience the absolute magic of this season too.

- W&B