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EPISODE 07: SOILFUL CITY — An organization that views farming not only as a way to cultivate food and sovereignty for communities, but as a way to heal and rebuild our souls
A FEW QUOTES:
- The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood: "One of the most heinous policies was introduced by the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in 1934, and lasted until 1968. Otherwise celebrated for making homeownership accessible to white people by guaranteeing their loans, the FHA explicitly refused to back loans to black people or even other people who lived near black people."
- When we look at the creation of this country, it started with the murdering, pillaging of people and taking their land.
- Land has always been at the foundation of the American empire.
- There have been barriers since the 1840s for African Americans to build wealth.
- This land isn't my land, it belongs to its indigenous peoples.
- Soilful City uses the principles of Kwanzaa as a guiding philosophy for creating and sustaining healthy neighborhoods. Intertwining these tenets with the wisdom of Mother Nature allows us to use agriculture as way to heal and organize stressed communities.
- Healing is important. We're not really taught how to heal.
- "How can you let the pain transcend you higher"
- If you want to have a heart-to-heart conversation, what better place than with the land, birds, sky...
- "Connecting History through Flavors" - Pippin Sauce!
- It's a communal process to produce this hot sauce.
- You definitely want to hear the story of Horace Pippin (starting at 20:35)
- I want to tell the story of the community who grew the peppers in your bottle of hot sauce.
- Project Goal: To use funds towards purchasing of bottles, new labels for brand new product launch — incorporating practices in urban agriculture, community resiliency (donate! patreon.com/thetidbit).
SHOUT OUTS & RESOURCES:
- Soilful City Website
- The Atlantic, "The Racist Housing Policy that Made Your Neighborhood"
- Black Dirt Farm Collective
- Boricúa - Agroecology Collective
- Principles of Kwanzaa
- School of Food
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