Leah Penniman is an educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York.
She cofounded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land.
Penniman is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs—including farmer trainings for black and brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system.
The work of Penniman and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, the Omega Center for Sustainabile Living's Leadership Award in Sustainability Education, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, New York State Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others.
Her forthcoming book is titled, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land.