• We Are Each Other's Harvest

  • Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy
  • By: Natalie Baszile
  • Narrated by: Tina Lifford
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Queen Sugar - now a critically acclaimed series on OWN directed by Ava Duvernay - comes a beautiful exploration and celebration of Black farming in America. 

In this impressive anthology, Natalie Baszile brings together essays, poems, quotes, conversations, and first-person stories to examine Black people’s connection to the American land from Emancipation to today. In the 1920s, there were over one million Black farmers; today there are just 45,000. Baszile explores this crisis, through the farmers’ personal experiences. In their own words, middle-aged and elderly Black farmers explain why they continue to farm despite systemic discrimination and land loss. The "Returning Generation" - young farmers, who are building upon the legacy of their ancestors, talk about the challenges they face as they seek to redress issues of food justice, food sovereignty, and reparations.

These farmers are joined by other influential voices, including noted historians Analena Hope Hassberg and Pete Daniel, and award-winning author Clyde W. Ford, who considers the arrival of Africans to American shores; and James Beard Award-winning writers and Michael Twitty, reflects on Black culinary tradition and its African roots. Poetry and inspirational quotes are woven into these diverse narratives, adding richness and texture.

As Baszile reveals, Black farming informs crucial aspects of American culture - the family, the way our national identity is bound up with the land, the pull of memory, the healing power of food, and race relations. She reminds us that the land, well-earned and fiercely protected, transcends history and signifies a home that can be tended, tilled, and passed to succeeding generations with pride. We Are Each Other’s Harvest elevates the voices and stories of Black farmers and people of color, celebrating their perseverance and resilience, while spotlighting the challenges they continue to face. Luminous and eye-opening, this eclectic collection helps people and communities of color today reimagine what it means to be dedicated to the soil.

©2020 Natalie Baszile (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book - wonderful lesson!

Even though eastern North Carolina is my home and we did not live on a farm or in a rural area, I only knew people that had small garden of vegetables. I never worked in tobacco or cotton and left home immediately after my high school graduation. This book has taught me so much about farms that Blacks owned and we’re taken away from them through evil deeds. I have a high school classmate in Grimesland, Nc whose husband inherited the family farm and they are young people and will keep their land. My friend in Baltimore refused to sell the land she inherit from her father in Wake Forest, NC. I truly understand the value of owning land now. An excellent book and I will share with others as gifts.