Rabbit Holes no 12: Stories from the edges of regenerative agriculture


It’s been a bumpy couple of weeks with multiple mass shootings and Jim Crow era voting bills signed into law, but there’s one thing that makes us feel better about the state of the world -- planting fruit trees. This week, we planted 12 fruit trees at The Mohammed School in DeKalb County to support their vision for an edible soccer field!


Roots Down donated the trees which were delivered to the school by our friends at Servescape. We also donated mycelium spores and a mushroom kit to the school so the students can learn more about the value of mushrooms, while improving the health of their soil. Alongside members of the school garden led by Sister Terry Ali as well as DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry, we planted, learned and grew together after the storms passed on Friday morning.


You can expect to see more updates like these as we embark upon the Fruitful Communities initiative here in DeKalb County. Thanks to the support of Commissioner Terry, we’ve identified three projects in District 6 that we’re excited to get started on, as well as a library initiative in District 5 thanks to the support of Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. It’s our dream to make DeKalb County a more fruitful place to live, and we’re well on our way thanks to these community champions!


Here are this week's links:


Black farmers speak out against the 'festering wound' of racism in agriculture - “This festering wound on the soul of agriculture must be healed,” said congressman David Scott of Georgia, who was born on a farm in South Carolina owned by his grandparents and now serves as the first ever Black person to chair the committee.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/25/black-farmers-hearing-racism-usda-agriculture