We Are Each Other's Harvest
In the early decades following enslavement, there were nearly one million Black farmers; today there are just 45,000, having lost 14 million acres of land. Black farming informs crucial aspects of American culture — strengthening the family, binding our national identity to the land, and healing our communities with food, empowerment, and self-determination. However, this legacy has been at risk for decades, and Black farmers continue to contend with discrimination from the United States Department of Agriculture and land loss due to the informal passing of land from generation to generation.
As Baszile reveals, black farming informs crucial aspects of American culture—the family, the way our national identity is bound up with the land, the pull of memory, the healing power of food, and race relations. She reminds us that the land, well-earned and fiercely protected, transcends history and signifies a home that can be tended, tilled, and passed to succeeding generations with pride. We Are Each Other’s Harvest elevates the voices and stories of black farmers and people of color, celebrating their perseverance and resilience, while spotlighting the challenges they continue to face. Luminous and eye-opening, this eclectic collection helps people and communities of color today reimagine what it means to be dedicated to the soil.
Copyright 2021, hardcover, 352 pages.