Saturday Keynote Presenter: Leah Penniman

2020 Keynote Address from Leah Penniman

Join Leah Penniman for the keynote presentation on Saturiday, October 17, 2020, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

The Spiritual Ecology of African Diasporic Herbalism

The Queen Mothers of Manya Krobo Ghana asked me during a visit, “Is it true that in the United States, the farmer will put a seed in the ground and say no prayer, offer no song or dance, make no libation, and not even say thank you to the ground and expect the seed to grow? Well, that is why you are all sick!” Let us come together to learn how Black agro-ecological traditions inform a relationship of consent, reciprocity, and deep listening with the sacred earth and our plant siblings. Let us explore how our connection to plants contributes to our healing and liberation as a society.

About Leah

Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol farmer, author, mother, and food justice activist who has been tending the soil and organizing for an anti-racist food system for over 20 years. She currently serves as founding co-executive director of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York, a people-of-color led project that works toward food and land justice. Her new book is Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. Find out more about Leah’s work at and follow her @soulfirefarm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram