BIPOC Urban Farm and Wholeness Center in Winooski

Hello Folx!

My name is Candace Jennifer and since 2014 I have had one dream; to open a BIPOC-centered urban farm and wholeness center in Winooski, VT.  

I'm calling on my community to help me bring this dream to life.  

WCAX Made in Vermont Segment: https://www.wcax.com/content/news/MiVT-Conscious-Kitchen-Medicinals-571422881.html


{On Wholeness}
When we choose to be in our wholeness... 

...we reject the ways our culture of dominance, colonialism, capitalism and oppression divide us from the land as well as our individual and collective wholeness.

...we take responsibility for healing the wounds & woundings of our ancestors.

...we collect the parts of ourselves that we are told need to be tucked away and hidden in the periphery to hold space for all of our parts to show up fully and honestly at the center.
 
...we align with our purpose and claim our capacity and potential to be fully who we are here to be.

...we care for ourselves, each other and the earth; living WITH not OVER the land or one another.

...we co-create a way to live our lives in liberation and with love as our teacher.

...we choose to be free from the veils of illusion that cloud our minds and distract us from being the whole being we were born to be. 

...we are choosing to love ourselves unconditionally.

Are you ready to live in your wholeness?



{Conscious Homestead & Wholeness Center} - (Our Vision for Community Offerings)


*Recalling Our Landcestors Mentorship: a BIPOC urban homesteading mentorship program that centers on decolonizing our relationship to the land.

*Botanica: a small shop that offers herbs, medicinals and products made with ingredients sourced from the homestead urban farm.

*Urban Farm Stand: offering homestead, urban farm grown veggies, herbs, flowers and eggs from our backyard flocks.

*Learning Kitchen:  an outdoor cooking and learning space where ancestral food and herbalism classes are offered

*Classes/Workshops/Gatherings/1:1 Support Services: a small sacred space offering BIPOC centered, trauma-conscious workshops, classes, small gatherings and 1:1 support & services focused on liberation, decolonization and healing



{About Candace}

I am many things. 
Daughter to Camille and Frank. Granddaughter to Frank, Dorothy, Jewel and Goldbourne.
Sister to Adrian, Leisa, Maurice, Kevin, Kenson and Karreell.
I am mother to David Justus.
I am life-partner to Tony.

As a child of colonization, many of my ancestors names remain unknown to me because they were displaced from Africa in the TransAtlantic slave trade. Our families broken apart; our connection to the land of our lineage severed. Yet, these ancestors are not lost to me, they live in me, breathe through me, guide me, teach me, nourish me. In turn I honor them by prioritizing and dedicating myself to the practice of midwifing these ancient bonds that make me Candace.

Some of my ancestors names are unknown to me because they were likely the ones who stole, raped, enslaved and murdered my African ancestors; ripping us from our lands and families in pursuit of greed and false power. Yet these ancestors are also not lost to me, they too live in me, breathe through me, guide and teach me. In turn I honor them by alchemizing their lineage of toxic oppression and transform it into a new path for justice, healing, resistance and love. 

I am a servant and steward of nature; some may want to call me witch, bruja, shamaness, healer, herbalist, urban farmer or homesteader. For me, so many of these words, titles, labels don’t completely resonate like servant and steward of nature. My relationship with the land and its rhythms is a birthright that I humbly nurture as I observe the land both outside and within me. 

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Education:
Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Education from University of Vermont
(graduated with honors, Pi Gamma Mu)

Bachelor’s degree in American Studies & Education from Smith College

Advanced Yoga Studies, 300 HR, from Hathavidya in Classical Hatha Yoga
Yoga Certification

200 HR, from Laughing River Yoga in Hatha Yoga

Holistic Health Coach Certification from Hathavidya Inner Harmony Program

Reiki Certification, Level 2, from Reiki Master Anne Cameron

Healing Touch Certification, Level 1, from University of Vermont

Labor & Birth/Postpartum Doula Certification

Radical Herbal Allyship Program

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Professional Experience:
Over 15 years in Higher Education - Undergraduate Admissions, Student Affairs and Diversity & Equity

Over 10 years in Food - Customer Service, Personal Chef, Food Education & Mentorship, Catering, Holistic Health Coaching, Permaculture, Urban Farming & Homesteading, Produce Manager, Farm-to-School Chef, Line Cook, Prep Cook, Senior Cook, Head Chef.

Over 20 years in Social Justice - Community Organizing, Advocacy, Education & Training, Outreach, Board Work

Over 15 years in Trauma - Gender-Based & Sexual Violence, Rape Culture, Anti-Oppression, Healing

Donations

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  • Catherine O'Neill 
    • $100 
    • 2 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 3 hrs
  • Anne McBride 
    • $50 
    • 5 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Susan McCormack 
    • $50 
    • 2 d
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Organizer

Candace Taylor 
Organizer
Winooski, VT

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