Farming While Black

By Leah Penniman The following excerpt is from Leah Penniman’s book Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land (Chelsea Green Publishing, November 2018) and is reprinted with permission from the publisher. As a young person, and one of three mixed-race Black children raised in the rural North mostly by [...]

Farming and the Opioid Epidemic

St Paul, May 31--According to a recent University of Minnesota Extension study, net farming income in Minnesota has flatlined five years in a row. Farmers here have felt the pinch across sectors: corn, soybean, dairy, and all the major livestock except hog. In its report on the study, the Star Tribune, the agribusinessman-owned newspaper in [...]

Introducing the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps

St Paul, March 16--The Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps (ARERC) is an independent group of scientists, educators, and agricultural practitioners. Its research and education programs address the agri-food system in the Upper Midwest in solidarity with farmers and other constituencies that have been left out, forgotten, or damaged by the current productivist paradigm. ARERC's [...]