January 27, 2020 Ownership, Access, and the Question of Belonging: Towards a Just Land Ethic in America


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  • location Hebrew College
    160 Herrick Road
    Newton Centre, MA 02459
  • cost Free and open to the public
  • organizer Hebrew College
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Join us for a discussion with Leah Penniman, co-director and farm manager of Soul Fire Farm. Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. The organization raises and distributes life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, they work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice.

Leah Penniman is a farmer, educator, author, and food sovereignty activist. She is Co-Founder, Co-Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire Farm, in Grafton, New York. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission of ending racism and injustice in the food system and reclaiming the inherent right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. The work of Penniman and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Leah Penniman has also worked as a science teacher at University Park Campus School, Tech Valley High School, and Darrow School and was founding director of the Harriet Tubman Democratic High School. Penniman lives on the farm with her partner, Jonah Vitale-Wolff and their two children, Neshima and Emet Vitale-Penniman.

> Read more about Leah here

This event is part of Hebrew College’s Winter Seminar “What Do We Owe Each Other: Jewish Conversations on Equality and the Challenges of a Just Society,” the week of January 27.

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Hebrew College 160 Herrick Road Newton Centre, MA 02459