What is the Ontario Farmland Trust reading, watching, and listening to this February for Black History month? 

There are some great books out there on the experience of Black farmers. We recommend:

  • Farming While Black, by Leah Penniman
  • The Color of Food, by Natasha Bowens
  • and Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class and Sustainability, edited by Alison Hope Alkon and Julian Agyeman.

The National Farmers Union is hosting a webinar on Thursday February 22, Black Farmers and Black Farms Matter: The History of Black Farming on the Canadian Prairies 1872-1920 with Karina Vernon, associate professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough. See this link to learn more about this webinar and to register.

Are you a Black farmer, aspiring farmer, or otherwise engaged in food/farming-related work in Ontario? The Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario has a BIPOC Farmer Network you can join.

Read how Claire Perttula, food justice program coordinator at Malvern Family Resource Centre, is making a difference in her Scarborough community in this CBC article.

For further learning, the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario held a session on Working for Racial Justice in Farming at their 2020 virtual conference which is available to watch online.

What are you reading and watching this month to celebrate and keep learning during Black History Month and beyond?