Cultural connections in urban farming


A view of Bartram’s Garden (Peter Crimmins/WHYY, file)

Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia

WHYY Public Media
Radio Times
July 14, 2017


Beets, black eyed peas, collard greens, and cabbage sprawl across four acres at the Farm at Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. This urban farm is unique because it grows cultural produce, employs youth and feeds communities.

On Radio Times Thursday, guest host Mary Cummings Jordan talked with Chris Bolden-Newsome, farm co-director, about motivating 27 young people who are employed by the farm.

“It’s really speaking to the trauma,” Bolden-Newsome said. “I think black folks’ connection to the land was ruptured through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and I think it was furthered poisoned through Jim Crow.”

“The young people we work with are the generational result of those years of struggle and success because they’re still here and they’re alive and they’re thriving.”

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