Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture
Through advocacy, transformative education, collaboration, and connecting to nature, Supporting Healthy Black Agriculture (SHBA) addresses the root of health disparities and inequalities in our community.
SHBA is a 90-day leadership workgroup series designed to empower and inspire breakthroughs and transformation in Black communities. SHBA is different from the common community garden program. Our program will teach the basics of growing your own food as well as the entrepreneurial benefits/opportunities in the agriculture field. Our mission is to bring sustainability back into agriculture and it starts with reenlisting the population with the most experience cultivating American soil, Black families. To make our work more impactful we dive into the many societal pressures that keep Black people from pursuing agricultural careers such as land access, culturally relevant training, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS), and many more.
Agriculture and White Supremacy
SHBA is designed to bring about positive, permanent shifts in how we define and understand the ways white supremacy racism impacts our food systems. Shifts that are the direct cause for a new kind of freedom and POWER – the freedom to acknowledge and accept our painful history with agriculture, and the personal power to do something about it. Thus, impacting the confidence with which Black people live their lives and feed their families.
Utilizing the framework of Dr. Joyce DeGruey’s post-traumatic slave syndrome, Urban Triage’s transformative education model looks at the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that Black people have faced and are facing as a result of the ongoing and persistent trauma associated with existing within the context of white supremacy racism.
Our framework focuses on adaptive behaviors that were developed as a result of the trauma – both positive and negative – that have allowed Black people to survive and often even thrive. The design of our framework for SHBF moves Black people from being recipients of services (traditional nonprofits) to individuals with agency, autonomy, and self-efficiency that support and empower their leadership and personal development.
Pilot Program Details
SHBA workgroup inspires and empowers breakthroughs & transformation within Black families. It is a chance for parents and children to learn and grow together through nature, agriculture practices ,team building and healing exercises. Our workgroups are Saturdays 10 AM - 1 PM, every week for 12 weeks Starting May first. The first 2 hours of class will be outside in the garden and the last two hours will be a lunch and lecture, held in our training space. There is a $50/week stipend for parents and a $25/week stipend for youth. Classes begin on May 1st, 2021.
Note: Application closes on 4/23/2021