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Farm Brings Blacks and Latinos Back to the Land--3 More Days to Fundraiser  RSS feed

 
Joshua Myrvaagnes
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I met these guys recently and they are phenomenal. This is more along the People Care side of things than the technical wizardry end but they use permaculture in their horticulture and also have just been learning indigenous practices in Mexico from people in remote villages there, like the "five sisters" kind of thing where you plant peppers and something else along with the three sisters, in one hole. The roots work symbiotically. But the stories of what their farm does for people from the foster care system who get to visit and the community they create in the region are amazing. They gave me a huge bag of food when I went there as well as feeding me a delicious dinner. I'm pasting their last request for funds below. Thanks for reading and for your good wishes and contributions!


Blessings dear friends and family.

Leah and I are exhausted. Our bodies are sore from working so hard. Our minds are tired from endless program coordination and hours on emails. But our hearts are overflowing with connection and gratitude. We are grateful to have strong bodies that we can work until we are sore. Grateful to have strong minds. Grateful for our hearts that allow us to love so big.

And we are grateful for the container of Soul Fire that holds us all.

In the 5 weeks since returning home we have done so much. Our campaign is nearing $45k, we built a barn frame and began the roof, hosted 25 people for one week for the Black & Latino Farmers Immersion, welcomed community for 2 workdays and potlucks, facilitated an organizational retreat for activists from Liberty Park Partnership, written several grant applications and articles, hosted close to 200 people in a night from all over the northeast for our Summer SOULstice celebration, distributed food to community organizations in Albany and Troy, spoke at the Beat Shot Music Festival, and, of course, are growing food and being mama and papa to our dear children. Oh, and Leah is also holding down a full time job off farm to support the family and the farm progamming.

The Raise the Roof for Food Justice Campaign has been nothing short of a blessing. Every dollar helps us move towards supporting and growing our work. A barn is being built! But more so, every dollar is an affirmation and a message that YOU, OUR COMMUNITY, believe in us and trust us. You share this vision for liberation.

Please help us push to $55,000. That will allow us to finish the food distribution part of the barn and loft sleeping area. Other planned aspects of the infrastructure, like the community kitchen, bathhouse and updating the hot water system will be put on hold, but the barn is a HUGE addition to our farm infrastructure.

Share, post, send personal letters, flares, smoke signals, whatever it takes to get us there. We have this capacity as a community, but Leah and I need your help. Monsanto is not going to fund this revolution! It's up to us.

www.youcaring.com/soulfirefarm
https://www.facebook.com/events/791149601000570/

In deep gratitude
Jonah & Leah
 
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