“Let African-American boys and girls who live in impoverished communities grow food that connects them to their ancestors and legacy in their community that they can sell. Teach them to be chefs, teach them to be agronomists, teach them to be scientists. Let them have ownership, responsibility and respect for what they came from.” – Michael Twitty (Observer Ideas Festival, London 2014)
On a corner of Miles Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio, Germaine Jenkins and her brothers harvested fresh lettuce, carrots and radishes at a community garden across the street from their preschool. Forty years later, this native South Carolinian uses ancestral conservation and farming techniques to create an urban farm and grocery steps away from two Title One schools. In an effort to marry genealogy and agriculture for farm visitors, Germaine participated in The Slave Dwelling Project in early 2017. She will join founder Joseph McGill and members of the Living History team to present a ‘Living History in the Eyes of the Enslaved’ event at Fresh Future Farm (2008 Success Street, North Charleston, SC 29405).
On Friday, April 6 from 10 am-2 pm North Charleston families will come to understand the enslaved African experience in the Lowcountry. Like Twitty, Germaine believes that exposure to nutrient dense and culturally appropriate foods and historic information can bridge health, wealth and quality of life gaps. Joseph once said, “the people who live in [slave cabins] were not a footnote in American history.” The first Living History demonstration at the farm is sold out. Ms. Jenkins hopes that this partnership can become an annual event. Thanks to donations from South State Bank and an anonymous donor, visitors will pay $1 admission. An historically accurate lunch will also be provided.
For more information about this event, please visit www.freshfuturefarm.org or http://slavedwellingproject.org/about-the-slave-dwelling-project/.