Cultivating Culture with Melony Edwards
Female farmers of color are the marginalized group within a marginalized group within agriculture. They live at the intersection of racism, sexism and classism.
Melony Edwards, farmer and chef is joining the Female Farmer Project Podcast in her own series - Cultivating Culture where we are initiating the conversation with BIPOC farmers and those within the food system about racism, bias, and discrimination. justice issues.
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Guest and Co-host, Melony Edwards
Melony Edwards is a first-generation farmer of her ancestors who traveled North after emancipation know as the Great Migration, for a better life away from the fields of sorrow that they had grown to know. After completing degrees in culinary arts and hospitality, and working in all facets food service, Edwards began wondering “where does our food come from? And why are there no visible black farmers at the local farmers market?” Edwards found that gaining access to entry level farming training in the rural landscape was exclusive, but she was determined to learn agricultural skills outside of her urban setting. Edwards’ journey of reclaiming farming landed her on a 20 acre mixed vegetable farm on rural Whidbey Island where she immersed herself in small-scale agricultural practices. Edwards spent three years there advancing to farm manager. Now her’ farming adventures continue in Fairbanks, Alaska where she hopes to grow her skillset and farming experience.
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