It Sounds Something Like... "HighLights" by Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
The last few months from Winter to Spring have been amazing. There have been so many developments in the work. So many accomplished projects, successful initiatives, new relationships developed, partnerships solidified, programs launched and of course farming and meal deliveries. And that is a conservative 20 word summary of an unmeasurable amount of awesomeness. So far 2016 has come in as the year of abundance. The Year of YES!! (Shout out to Shonda Rhimes, who will probably never see this blog..but shit, shout out nonetheless for an awesome and applicable book title).
We are coming into the flow and understanding that the Universe is full of potential and just waiting for us to stand firm in who we are, what we believe and what we do and she will give of herself freely. This work, tedious and difficult as it is brings amazing partnerships and productive interactions with people and organizations who are about the work of Food Sovereignty, Food Justice, Sustainable Farming, Vegan Lifestyle, Animal Rights and Love for our planet.
So I wanna set this new blog off by highlighting some of my highlights thusfar...and send my gratitude to the folks who helped make them happen:
February brought features from Black Vegans Rock and Afro-Punk. I am humbled from both..but the highlight was reading the comments of my friends and family (hilarious!).
March brought the opportunity to link up with some serious activists at the Intersectional Justice Conference at Whidbey Island. Much Gratitude to A Well Fed World for the opportunity.
April was a dope roadtrip and weekend in the Blue Mountains at the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine, Herbal Medicine Workshop. Me and Mars ate our way through Vegan Asheville and learned so much from Master Herbalist Juliet Blankespoor. It was also being featured with Geb (Eugene Cooke) in Kalamazoo College's Praxis Center's article "When Capitalism Fails Who Will Feed Us?" for Earth Day. Much Gratitude to Dara Cooper for the interview and conversation.
May brought the humbling experience of preparing the vegan meals for our Afterschool program. The young ones from the "New Power Generation Vegan Club" made sure to let me know when I got it right and when I was waaaay wrong ( from their palette's perspective). It was a privilege to be honored by them eating our food and allowing me to observe the way they learn to care for and know Nature through farming. May was also being featured with Geb in Yes! Magazine's "After a Century In Decline, Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise" feature by Leah Penniman. Lastly we opened Awali!!!
and we are just getting started..... ".....I only want my whole life to only be HIGHLIGHTS