In 1920, African American farmers owned 14% of all American farmland. Today, 45,000 black growers own just 2% of that land. The vast majority of them live in the South, according to census data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, Soul Fire Farm co-founder Leah Penniman encourages a new generation of black farmers and places ownership of land and production of healthy food squarely on the path of self-determination for people of color.
Penniman joined On Second Thought for a conversation about farming and food justice.