The Color of Food Chosen as Foreword Reviews' #BookoftheDay

by: EJ on 05/25/2015

Natasha Bowens' new book The Color of Food: Race, Resilience and Farming was named Book of the Day by Foreword Reviews today.  Reviewer Shelia Trask says, "With The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience, and Farming, [Natasha] sets a welcoming place at the table for African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian farmers to share stories that restore their personal and political perspectives to the story of modern farming."

 Natasha is an author, farmer and political activist whose advocacy focuses on food sovereignty and social issues. 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.  In today's blog she shares with us the journey from the seed of an idea to a book. 

 

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It is surreal to think that about five years ago to the day, I was sitting on the train out of Washington D.C. on my way to West Virginia to spend the summer working on my first farm. It was there that I  realized place, identity, history, race and culture were all packed deeply into the very seeds I was  sowing into this earth. It was there that I began to weave together the questions I’d had about what  I’d seen in the good food movement picking up steam back in D.C. and sweeping the nation. It was there that I really began to feel like the ‘other’ and became inspired to search for all the ‘others’ out there tilling the land.

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What came next was a whirlwind of life changing journeys. The Color of Food emerged beautiful and tall from those seeds. Words flowed like water from my fingers and began reaching farm- passionate people like me; brown, black, red and a rainbow of people who were being left out of  this movement and sharing my same frustrations with the inequitable food system while proudly growing their own vibrant revolutions. I heard their voices and they give me purpose. I wanted nothing more than the honor o soak up their stories and share them with the world, capture their portraits and repaint the face of agriculture.

 

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Now, five years later, before heading out to the garden, I ship out books and flip on my computer screen to see farmers, food activists and food eaters in every corner of this nation and beyond holding The Color of Food book in their hands.

 

 

 

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Order your copy on-line at New Society Publishers. 

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