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The Color of Food


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Prologue : Sowing Seeds for the Road Part 1: Brown Girl Farming Part 2: Rooted in Rights Portrait 1: Land Is Freedom. Daniel Whitaker, Tillery, North Carolina Portrait 2: Forced Migration. Alma Maquitico, The Border Agricultural Workers Project Portrait 3: Lifeblood of the Land. Tyrone Thompson, North Leupp Family Farm Portrait 4: Home, Land. Gary and Kaye Kozuki, Kozuki Farms Portrait 5: Black Land Loss. Gary Grant, Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association Part 3: Seeds of Resilience Portrait 1: Katrina to Chickens. Yasin & Elaine Muhaimin, Yard Bird Farm Portrait 2: Transitioning to Sovereignty. Luis Castaneda, SOLAR Farm Portrait 3: Bucking Dependence. Renard "Azibo" Turner, Vanguard Ranch . Portrait 4: Surviving as Transplants. Pang Chang, PEC Tropical Farm Portrait 5: Transforming the South. Cynthia Hayes, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network Part 4: Preserving Culture and Community Portrait 1: Cherokee Seed Bank. Kevin Welch, Center for Cherokee Plants Portrait 2: Sustaining Community. Jenga Mwendo, Backyard Gardeners Network Portrait 3: Acequia Culture. Don Bustos, Santa Cruz Farm Portrait 4: Gullah Seedlings. Sara and Bill Green, Marshview Community Organic Farm Portrait 5: Taste of Home. Menkir Tamrat, Timeless Harvest Part 5: Fierce Farming Women Portrait 1: Alabama Strong. Sandra Simone, Huckleberry Hill Farm Portrait 2: American Indian Mothers. Beverly Collins-Hall, American Indian Mothers and Three Sisters Farm Portrait 3: Sisters. Carol Jackson and Joyce Bowman, My Sister's Farm Portrait 4: A Farm of Her Own. Nelida Martinez, Pure Nelida Farms and Viva Farms Portrait 5: Defying the Odds. Sulina, Sulina & Bay's Farm Part 6: Generation Rising Portrait 1: Tierra Negra. Tahz Walker and Cristina Rivera-Chapman, Tierra Negra Farms Portrait 2: Breaking Down Borders. Kandace Vallejo, Ivon Diaz, Cristina Dominguez-Eshelman, Manny Garcia Portrait 3: Growing with Energy. Eugene Cooke, Grow Where You Are Portrait 4: Kitchen Kwento. Aileen Suzara, Dennis Lee and Kristyn Leach, Namu Gaji and Namu Farm Portrait 5: Foods Are Our Teachers. Valerie Segrest, Muckleshoot Tribe Epilogue and Acknowledgements: Coming Home Collage : We Are Here Too Appendix Notes About the Author

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10000 copy print run Co-op available Galley mailing to trade publications National advertising Mother Earth News , Urban Farm , Hobby Farm Home National print campaign: Mother Earth News , Huffington Post Food , Alternet , Grist , Hobby Farm , Acres USA , Permaculture Activist , Urban Farm , Yes! Magazine , UTNE Online/social media campaign: Author's blog: , Author's website: ; Greenhorns blog, Colorlines ; FarmHer ; Slow Food USA Author Youtube video for Indigogo campaign for photographic documentary Ebook Marketing Plans: Simultaneous ebook release and promotion Excerpts in: O Magazine , Ebony , U TNE , Intelligent Optimist , Urban Farm , Acres USA Author will attend several conferences including: Annual Food Book Fair, NYC, Spring 2015, Mother Earth News Fairs, Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference 2015, NFOT Annual Conference, National Young Farmers Conference. National Food Day events Electronic galley on Edelweiss Ebook promotion with Kobo and Apple as appropriate

About the Author

Natasha Bowens is an author, farmer, and political activist whose advocacy focuses on food sovereignty and social issues. As a young biracial woman in today's agricultural movement , she is dedicated to honoring, preserving and amplifying the stories of Black, Native, Asian and Latina farmers and food activists. Her multimedia project The Color of Food evolved from her work exploring the intersection of race and agriculture for Grist magazine, and from her blog Brown.Girl.Farming, where she writes about issues related to racial inequality, food sovereignty, and resilience. Natasha has interviewed and photographed over 65 North American farmers of color; her work has garnered her national media attention, and she has been featured on CNN, The Atlantic, and Colorlines.


Shelia Trask, Publishers' Weekly, Summer 2015 Bowens's deep political understanding is obvious throughout her book; she's knowledgeable about the history of oppression that affects farmers of color today and can explain the effects of political pacts like NAFTA on Mexican farmers, all while delivering pertinent statistics that illustrate her points. At heart, though, this is a book about the people themselves. What a book! Dive into the stories and photographs Natasha Bowens shares in these pages and you come up for air with a profound appreciation for the diversity of people planting the seeds and harvesting the foods to keep alive cultural traditions and nourish communities around the country. Anyone who eats should read this book: You will come to the table with new appreciation for the intersections between race and food that so often go unsaid and undocumented. Kudos to Bowens for creating this powerful and important book. --s; Anna Lapp , author, Diet for a Hot Planet and Hope's Edge Natasha Bowens, through her compelling stories and powerful images of a rainbow of farmers, reminds us that the industrialization of our food system and the oppression of our people -- two sides of the same coin -- will, if not confronted, sow the seeds of our own destruction. --s; Mark Winne, author, Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty The Color of Food captures the heart and souls of farmers of color... farmers that are frequently forgotten as the stories of agriculture in our country are told. Through the lens of a camera we step into the cultural history of our foods and the beautiful and proud people that grow them. --s; Cynthia Hayes, executive director, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network True to her ancestral ties, Natasha brings forth the hope of a new generation of young people of color fixed on recapturing the energy, history and tradition of farming. The power of storytelling is etched in each farmer's tale of courage and resiliency as they look at farming, not as oppressive, but as a vibrant celebration of who they are. The Color of Food makes the ancestors rise up in triumph! --s; Karen Washington, farmer, activist, and cofounder, Black Urban Growers It is impossible to understand food in America without digging deeply into "race," class and culture. People's perceptions are their realities, and The Color of Food contributes to changing our reality by changing our perception of the hands, hearts and faces in the food movement. ---Malik Yakini, executive director, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network Natasha Bowens brings us two critical reminders: the potential and pitfalls of "a movement" in any singular form; and the importance of vision and determination in doing truly groundbreaking research. The Color of Food represents the best kind of research-inspired and independent, a project of deep listening and unbounded sharing. Our task is to cultivate the questions she scatters, in a rich and colorful light. --s; Philip Ackerman-Leist, author, Rebuilding the Foodshed and director of the Masters in Sustainable Food Systems, Green Mountain College The food movement has woken the world to joy of food, but the beauty of the people who grow it is too often hidden. That's why Brown Girl Farming is so gorgeous. This is a book that celebrates the food movement leaders to whom I've been honored to be able to turn for wisdom. To read Natasha Bowen's journey through North America is to draw from the rich, exquisite and too often hidden work of people of color in reinventing the modern food system. From First Nation to immigration, there isn't a topic on which Bowen's curiosity doesn't latch, nor her camera capture. It's a must-share book for anyone who holds hope in their hearts about the future of food. --s;Raj Patel, Author of Stuffed and Starved

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