Natasha Bowens

Changing the face of agriculture

Natasha Bowens - The Color of Food

Changing the face of agriculture

Natasha Bowens - The Color of Food

'When she first decided she wanted to farm, it was because she wanted to find a way of growing food that worked with the earth instead of against it. She wanted to grow food that would rejuvenate her body instead of slowing it down. Like so many others, she was looking for answers in the “good food” movement sweeping the nation. She thought that to be a good steward, all she had to do was follow sustainable agricultural practices and grow healthy food. Now, after six years and stepping foot on more than 75 farms for The Color of Food, she has learned that she was missing the point completely.'

Natasha Bowens

'Sitting at the table with so many farmers doing revolutionary work taught her hat farming isn’t only about stewarding the land; it’s also about stewarding community and tending the soul. The land beneath our feet carries our history and carries freedom. It is healing and empowering and can be a commons that binds us together. Her history traces back to the moment her ancestors’ shackled feet hit this soil, when the African farmer became the American slave. Today, continued racism makes healing crucial. In our gardening plots and on our farms, we can reclaim a connection with the land that was there long before the oppression. We can liberate ourselves by having sovereignty over our square of soil, over our food, and over our bodies.'

Source: YES! Magazine (http://thecolorofood.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/YesArticleCOF.pdf).

Ivo Valkenburg

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