Resources for Creating Food Justice

Soul Fire Farm: Soul Fire Farm is a Black, Indigenous, People of Color centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. Their website has the most comprehensive resources for bringing justice to our food system, including Uprooting Racism Training, which Sierra Harvest staff and board will be participating in this year. 

Videos & Podcasts

Farming While Black – EcoFarm 2020 Keynote  Video: Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farms

Bring Back Black Farmers  – Video: Will Scott, president African American Farmers of California TedxFruitvale video

The Land of Our Fathers – Podcast, part 1 and 2. The New York Times 1619 Project. These episodes address historical to present day discrimination against black farmers.

REVEAL podcast: Losing Ground – Overview of discriminatory financial practices toward black farmers.

DOLORES: Rebel, Activist, Feminist, Mother:  Film biography about Dolores Huerta, farmworker, labor and social justice activist and American icon.  Movie can be rented on Amazon Prime here.

FOOD CHAIN$ Feeding The Nation At Any Cost: Film exposes the abuses rampant in farm labor in the United States and reveals the forces behind that exploitation through the narrative of an intrepid group of tomato pickers in Florida. Can be rented on Amazon Prime here.


Books & Articles

The Great Land Robbery The shameful story of how 1 million black families were ripped from their farms. Vann Newkirk, The Atlantic 09/2019

Freedom Farmers, Agricultural Resistance Movement, Monica White  Expands the historical narrative of the black freedom struggle to embrace the work, roles, and contributions of southern black farmers and the organizations they formed.

The Color of Food, Natasha Bowens  A collection of portraits and stories that challenges the status quo of agrarian identity.

Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farms Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land, Leah Penniman 

The first comprehensive “how to” guide for aspiring African-heritage growers to reclaim their dignity as agriculturists and for all farmers to understand the distinct, technical contributions of African-heritage people to sustainable agriculture.

Cultivating Food Justice : Race, Class, and Sustainability  Alkon, Alison Hope (edt); Agyeman, Julian (edt) Documents how racial and social inequalities are built into our food system, and how communities are creating environmentally sustainable and socially just alternatives.

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System  By Raj Patel

Food Justice (Food, Health, and the Environment) By Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi


Statewide, national and international organizations to support and for news, action and intervention

African American Black Farmers  Fresno-based non-profit organization headquartered in Fresno, California. Currently uses 22 acres as demonstration farm, farmers training, cultivating traditional African-American crops, & empowering youth to learn about farming.

California Farmer Justice Collaborative  Ensures that farmers of color are empowered to directly participate and effectively lead in building a fair food and farming system in California.

Civil Eats A daily news source for critical thought about the American food system, publishing stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.

Farms To Grow  Assisting African American farmers and other under-served farmers/gardeners to maintain and create sustainable farms and spaces to grow food and motivate the next generation of farmers to grow sustainably and with the community in mind.

Farmworker Justice  A nonprofit organization that seeks to empower migrant and seasonal farmworkers to improve their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.

First Nations Development Institute Improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance & training, and advocacy & policy. Nourishing Native Foods and Health program increases access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems.

Food First: Growing food justice in North America, Building the global movement for food sovereignty, Advancing agroecology and sustainable food systems.

HEAL Food Alliance Platform for Real Food, is a 10-point platform which serves as a call to action and strategic interventions for non-extractive food and farm systems grounded in community self-determination.

National Young Farmers Coalition  A national organization that holds space for many different kinds of farmers and farm operations: urban and rural, large and small-scale, with identities that cross or blur lines of race, class, and gender difference.

National Black Food and Justice Alliance A coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.

US Food Sovereignty Alliance  The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system.

Via Campesina Peasant Movement International  peasants’ rights organization for food, environmental and social justice.