Goals

 

SOUL FIRE FARM STRATEGIC GOALS
SEED COMMUNITY FOOD SOVEREIGNTY (what we do) UPROOT RACISM IN THE FOOD SYSTEM (why we do it)
Feed people and soil. We provide weekly doorstep deliveries of in-season, farm fresh, certified naturally-grown food to hundreds of individuals living under food apartheid and targeted by state violence. We provide this produce at subsidized rates and accept SNAP so that no one is denied access to life-giving food due to their economic status. This food is intensively cultivated on 5 acres using exclusively organic and ancestral that increase topsoil depth, sequester carbon, and increase soil biodiversity. The buildings on the farm are hand-constructed, using local wood, adobe, straw bales, solar heat, and reclaimed materials. End inequity in access to land, sustenance, and power in the food system. Black farmers currently operate less than 1% of the nation’s farms, having lost over 12 million acres to USDA discrimination, racist violence, and legal trickery. 85% of the people working the land in the US are Latinx migrant workers, yet only 2.5% of farms are owned and operated by Latinxs and Hispanics. People of color disproportionately likely to live under food apartheid and suffer from diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other diet related illness. Labor laws continue to permit the exploitation of farm and food workers.
Train Farmer-Activists. Through our Black Latinx Farmer Immersion we annually train over 100 predominantly Black, Latinx, and Indigenous people to take leadership as farmers and food justice organizers in their communities. Using land as a tool to heal from racial trauma, we work to reverse the dangerously low percentage of farms being owned and operated by the people of color and increase the leadership of people of color in the food justice movement. Our graduates receive ongoing mentorship to access resources, land, and training and are invited to join our speakers collective so they can amplify their voice in the food system.   Reverse industrial agriculture’s damage to the planet and harm to vulnerable communities. Industrial agriculture is responsible for 24% of climate change, 70% of water use, and 37% of land use. Environmental impacts of climate change, pesticide exposure, et. al. harm communities of color disproportionately. Sustainable farming practices, rooted in African-Indigenous wisdom are part of the solution to feeding the world without undermining its ecology.
Build the movement. We collaborate with a regional and national food justice networks to advance reparations, establish action platforms, and work on campaigns to shift unjust systemic practices. Each year, we inspire thousands of community members though speaking at conferences, publishing articles/book chapters, and facilitating workshops for activists to share tangible methods for dismantling racism in the food system and increasing community food sovereignty. We annually equip hundreds of youth with organizing skills to correct injustice in their own communities, knowledge of how to grow and prepare their own food, and experience connecting with comfort to the natural world. We also host on-farm educational and community-building events for hundreds of participants and organize with our sibling farms in Haiti and Puerto Rico. Heal from a history of oppression that has disconnected our communities from land. A history of land-based oppression and forced migration have resulted in a concentration of people of color in urban environments, often devoid of the psycho-spiritual and somatic benefits of connection to the earth. “Nature deficit disorder” leads to ADHD, anxiety, depression, poor eyesight, and lower achievement in school. Childhood obesity – linked to lack of access to quality food and outdoor play – has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years, putting youth at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, psychological problems, and later in life, stroke and cancer.
Uplift radical self-care. In line with our work to advance healing justice and liberation in the wider community, we commit to an internal team culture that uplifts compassionate communication, ample rest, distributed leadership, fair compensation, and investment in personal and professional development.

2018 Objectives (The Nerdy Details!)

  1. Grow 80,000 pounds of food intensively on 2 acres of land using low-till methods, sequestering 2400 pounds of carbon, growing over a dozen African-indigenous heritage crops, and demonstrating several African-indigenous sustainable farming practices.  
  2. Train 80+ new farmer-activists of color through our Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion and Apprenticeship and mentor 80+ BLFI alumni, 50% of whom go on to take leadership in the food system.
  3. Train and inspire 250+ youth of color through our food justice empowerment program/immersion, 80% of whom commit to a specific action to advance their own health and power in the food system, and 90% of whom report joyful learning and connection to nature during the program.
  4. Provide affordable, doorstep delivery of our own farm fresh organic vegetables to 80+ families (250+ individuals), the majority living under food apartheid and majority people of color, 60% of whom report health improvements. Inspire at least 2 other farms to build a similar low-income food distribution program guided by our published manual.
  5. Awaken the hearts and minds of 4000 listeners and readers who interact with our 25+ public talks, 1 book, 3 book chapters, 12+ articles – evidenced by 50+ examples of unsolicited positive feedback about the impacts of this work.
  6. “Level up” the practical land-based skills of 200 community members through our builders immersion, community farm days, land-based healing events, and one-day workshops, 90% of whom report that they will implement skills they learned to enhance their personal food and land sovereignty.  
  7. Catalyze the transfer of resources and power from people with food system privilege to people targeted by food apartheid through “Uprooting Racism/Food Justice” trainings for 100 activists, a reparations database with 20+ matches, organizing with HEAL, NBFJA, USFSA, BUGS, and international collaborations with sister farms in Haiti and Puerto Rico.
  8. Increase the safety and comfort of staff and participants through the completion of key infrastructure and capital improvements: canopy lodging, bathhouse addition, apprentice housing, driveway repair, backup electricity, and safer vehicle, all on time and under budget.
  9. Uplift radical self-care, as evidenced by 100% of staff reporting progress toward their learning goals, feeling supported by others on the team, feeling successful in their jobs, and experiencing a healthy work culture.

 

ENDING RACISM AND INJUSTICE IN THE FOOD SYSTEM

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