Amplifying Black farmers’ voices in a new book of essays, narratives, and poems

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Natalie Baszile became interested in issues of land stewardship and food justice as a student at UC Berkeley, where she bought groceries from her paternal great-uncle, one of the few members of her family who moved from California to Louisiana in the 1940s. Photo by Michael Ori

In the years following enslavement, there were nearly one million Black farmers in America. Today, there are approximately 45,000. The legacy of the African American farmer has been at risk for decades. While researching her novel “Queen Sugar,” Natalie Baszile incorporated her personal connection to farming in the South. As she next turned  to non-fiction, she continued to thread themes of hope, perseverance, determination, and redemption into her work. Her new book is “We Are Each Other’s Harvest.” 


Author Natalie Baszile sits in as co-host this week, speaking to subjects in her latest project, “We Are Each Other’s Harvest: Celebrating African American Farmers, Land, and Legacy.” Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers.