Soul Fire Farm shows solidarity through produce

June 19, 2018 05:16 PM

GRAFTON - From May to November, five acres at Soul Fire Farm are providing 92 Capital District families with fresh fruits and vegetables.  And this year, 14 of the families are are recent refugees.

"Anything we can do to show solidarity and love and support for our neighbors is essential in this time," explains Soul Farm's Leah Penniman.

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Soul Fire is a community and people of color led farm dedicated to ending racism in the food system so a partnership between the area's newest and most vulnerable residents, and the farm, is a natural fit.

"We want to make sure the people who feel targeted by the nation know they are not alone and citizens are doing what they can."

Recipients of the 'Solidarity Share' are from Chad, Sudan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Haiti and Burma.  And because the families benefiting from the CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) live in what's known as a food desert - not within a mile of a grocery store - the produce is free and delivered weekly to their homes in Troy and Albany.

"If people did not have access to this box, it would be boiled pasta and canned food because there is not affordable healthy food in neighborhoods where the families are living."

The goal of the Solidarity Share is to make resettling slightly easier - one meal and one new American family - at a time.

"We need to take a stand for human rights and for justice and dignity for all people," adds Penniman.

Paying members of Soul Fire's CSA are asked to help offset the cost of the Solidarity Share. For more information, head to the farm's website or Facebook page.


Abigail Bleck

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