Jonshell Johnson-Whitten, education coordinator at Grow Dat, a working farm and leadership program for young people, sees farming as a way to heal generational wounds in the African American community. She was a teen living in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, a “food desert”, when the Backyard Gardeners Network offered her a job as an intern. For her, the conversations around generational healing, the community-building and teaching, and the farming itself are all part of the work toward living together with the land, and seeking better outcomes for every living being in the ecosystem. “Farming is healing. Farming is medicine. Farming is getting to a place where people are finding respect for the land and also themselves.”

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