« These Gardens Are Blueprints », written and performed by Naima Penniman at Soul Fire Farm

“Are we there yet?” artistic research on / with / in transition Is a series of 9 videos, over 9 months, curated by Nora Wagner in the framework of Transition Days

Episode N°9 Community Garden

“These Gardens Are Blueprints” celebrates the power of growing life-giving food and medicine for our own communities. In a time of immense food scarcity for many BIPOC communities, we are partnering with nature towards our collective survival.

Written and performed by Naima Penniman at Soul Fire Farm, this video was filmed and edited by Jeanette Lam and Rasheeda Pierre of Youth FX. https://www.soulfirefarm.org/ https://www.youthfx.org/

The video can be watched every day from 10am – 6pm until 31st May at neimënster in a specially prepared video box.

Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered training farm committed to ending racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. Our food sovereignty programs reach over 10,000 people each year, including farmer training for Black and Brown growers, reparations and land return initiatives for northeast farmers, food justice workshops for urban youth, home gardens for city-dwellers living under food apartheid, doorstep harvest delivery for food insecure households, and systems and policy education for public decision-makers.

Naima Penniman is a multidimensional artist, movement builder, healer, grower and educator. Program Director and food-sovereignty educator at Soul Fire Farm, co-founder and steward of WILDSEED Community Farm & Healing Village, arts
activator and performer through Climbing PoeTree, and healing practitioner at Harriet’s Apothecary, Naima Penniman cultivates collaborations that elevate the healing of our earth, our bodies, our communities, lineages and descendants.

Jeanette Lam is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator whose work reflects themes of identity, connection, and healing. She is a Creative Producer and Lead Educator at Youth FX, a film organization in Albany, NY designed to teach young people from historically marginalized communities technical and creative storytelling skills. She is also a member of NeXt Doc Film Collective, a cohort of young non-fiction filmmakers of color working to decolonize documentary, by re-framing and re-defining BIPOC stories and realities.

Rasheeda Pierre is a Queer filmmaker and writer whose work strives to put BIPOC experiences at the forefront of narrative storytelling. They are an intern at Youth FX, a non-profit organization in Albany NY designed to teach youth of color from underserved communities the technical and creative aspects of storytelling and filmmaking. Rasheeda holds a certification in Video Production and Editing from The New School Center for Media, a technical trade school in Colonie, New York.

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