Purpose: The immersion program (BLFI 1.0) is designed for novice and intermediate growers to gain basic skills in regenerative farming and whole foods preparation in a culturally relevant, supportive, and joyful environment. By the end of the program you will have the knowledge to grow and prepare your own food and the tools to begin a comprehensive commercial farm training if you choose that path. It is our hope that you will also deepen your connection to land, heal from inherited trauma rooted in oppression on land, and take steps toward your personal food sovereignty. The advanced immersion program (BLFI 2.0) is designed for alumni of BLFI and growers with over 2000 hours growing experience to take their farming and food justice work to the next level through targeted skill development and mentorship. The curriculum will be tailored to the specific learning needs of the BLFI 2.0 cohort.
Description: Soul Fire Farm is a family farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We live on 72 acres and intensively grow produce for families in the Albany and Troy communities on 1.5 acres and meat and eggs on an additional acre. Participants will leave knowing how to plan a garden, prepare raised beds, plant from seed, transplant, harvest, make and use compost, properly use hand tools, work with micro-nutrients, manage pests with chemicals, wild-craft, process firewood, care for chickens, process chickens for meat, cook using whole foods, preserve the harvest, and select and utilize medicinal herbs. All of this takes place in a culturally relevant and supportive environment. Each day will include 5 hours of hands on work-learning, 2 hours of classes on sustainable living skills, and 1 hour personal reflection, plus optional evening cultural activities. Accommodations are camping or indoor cots in a shared space. Participants have access to a comfortable naturally-built home for meals, bathrooms, and leisure. We will prepare meals and clean up together as a community. This is not a “retreat” but a community of mutual support and effort. Please see this link for a more detailed program description.
Cost: Sliding scale $100-1000. (Note that the REAL cost of the program is $890 so give more if you are able)
Application: Applications are now open for 2017. We will have four sessions on the following dates:
- Session 1: July 2-July 7
- Session 2: July 16-21
- Session 3: July 30-August 4
- Session 4 (BLFI 2.0): August 13-18
Support BLFI! Thank you!
Participants have described Black and Latinx Farmers Immersion as “a picture of what is possible in a healed world… revolutionary… the best thing that has ever happened to me.” We are completely committed to making the program affordable to everyone. The REAL cost of one participant’s attendance at BLFI is around $890, yet most participants pay much, much less than that. Because we have a generous community of volunteers, local businesses, and friends who give time, tents, and food, we are able to significantly reduce that cost. Please be in touch if you want to help, or just send us a check or PayPal donation at email@example.com or 1972 NY HWY 2, Petersburg, NY 12138. Thank you!