Leah Penniman and Ms. Germaine Jenkins share their passion and knowledge of soil health in this 90-minute interactive and educational webinar. Read a detailed description in Spanish here.
The 3D series is a multilingual and multidimensional workshop series designed to center B.I.P.O.C. (Black, Indigenous, &/or People or Color), to deepen skills in specific farming and homesteading practices in a culturally relevant, supportive, and joyful environment.
Ms. Germaine Jenkins, co-founder and Chief Farm Officer at Fresh Future Farm Inc. in North Charleston and Leah Penniman, Black farmer, soil steward, food sovereignty activist and Farm Manager at Soul Fire Farm will guide us through:
- How to make and use compost
- How to make and use inoculants to increase biological activity in soil
- How to interpret a soil test from a lab
- How to conduct “do-it-yourself” soil tests to determine texture and carbon levels
- How to use purchased amendments, like rock phosphate, bone char, alfalfa meal, and dried manure
- How to select and use cover crops
- How to address lead contamination in soil
- How to select and use mulches, like leaves, straw, and woodchips
- How to collaborate with living beings that comprise the soil to steward soil health, sustain plants, maintain ecosystems, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and strengthen climate resilience
- How to apply learning on the nitrogen and carbon cycles to foster carbon sequestration and plant and soil microbiome vitality
- How to connect with the soil ancestrally and spiritually
Format: We will premier a 15-minute instructional video showing a hands-on, step-by-step explanation of beekeeping as part of a 90-minute interactive webinar, a virtual forum for engaged learning and with opportunities for questions and answers.
Language: The webinar will be multilingual with simultaneous Spanish interpretation for Spanish speakers.
While the webinar is designed to be a culturally relevant and safe space that centers Black, Indigenous and People of Color (read why here), the instructional video will be released on YouTube as part of Soul Fire’s Liberation on Land video series for everyone to enjoy.
- Ms. Germaine Jenkins (she/her) is co-founder and Chief Farm Officer at Fresh Future Farm Inc. in North Charleston, SC. She earned Commercial Urban Agriculture certification from Growing Power Inc. in 2014. She also won seed capital to start an urban farm and grocery store in the heart of a residential neighborhood. The Farm has sold or distributed over 17 tons of basic and specialty groceries, hosted over 200 students for STEAM (STEM + Art) farm camps, and trained over 100 adults in natural gardening practices. Most importantly, FFF has kept the bulk of its revenue in the community as compensation for residents. The pandemic forced the closure of their sliding scale grocery store, but the FFF team continues to offer bi-weekly grocery distributions to neighbors and is fiscal sponsor for the Lowcountry Mutual Aid Fund which supports rent and utility needs of marginalized BIPOC and LBGTQ people.
- Leah Penniman, (Li*/Ya/She/He) Soul Fire Farm Co-Director and Farm Manager, has over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, perennials, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil. Li’s book “Farming While Black” is a love song for the earth and her peoples.
Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered training farm committed to ending racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. Our food sovereignty programs reach over 10,000 people each year, including farmer training for Black and Brown growers, reparations and land return initiatives for northeast farmers, food justice workshops for urban youth, home gardens for city-dwellers living under food apartheid, doorstep harvest delivery for food insecure households, and systems and policy education for public decision-makers.
The sliding scale is $0-100. Please think generously – what could be more important to contribute to than living food, land sovereignty, and skilled farmers spreading the love and knowledge?!