My name is Chazmier, a Black, Femme identifying mother, community organizer, and farmer. Over the past two years, I’ve been managing Drinking Gourd Farms, a micro-nonprofit rooted in food sovereignty for the Black community. This position has allowed me to excel personally and professionally, taking on the following privileges and responsibilities:
- Constructing garden beds
- Planting, pruning, weeding, harvesting, & other garden maintenance
- Installing irrigation systems
- Creating a weekly garden maintenance schedule
- Acquiring volunteers
- Cleaning, packaging, and storing produce
- Coordinating and facilitating produce deliveries
I began this satisfying but labor-intensive work when my son was eight months old, carrying him on my back before he could walk or talk. It is my responsibility and pleasure to teach him self-sufficiency and practical skills that will nourish him. It is my hope that he will continue this work for generations.
The 2022 Fall Planting season is upon us, and unfortunately Drinking Gourd Farms has lost funding for the foreseeable future. This means that the eight garden sites will have little care or die if no one can maintain them, and I cannot do this without income.
I created Black Lady Farming in order to raise funds and awareness of the power we hold as stewards and beneficiaries of the land. Through culturally appropriate food, dynamic conversation, and ancestral wisdom, we will free ourselves from the industrialized food systems that intentionally harm us.
Financial support from the community will allow me to continue engaging in this life-saving work while providing for my family for the remainder of the year.
Blessings to all,