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Join the Mission to Create 10,000 Black Female Farmers! Attend the virtual meeting on 2/19 7pm E....
Join the Mission to Create 10,000 Black Female Farmers! Attend the virtual meeting on 2/19 7pm EST hosted @farmasis and @kidogo_farms
The vision for FarmaSIS is to create a community built on the idea of each sister who graduates to go teach ten other sisters, who then go and teach another ten. The system would continuously replicate itself until the idea of self-sufficient farming once again became ubiquitous within the Black community.
For more info, contact the hosts or visit farmasis.com
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There is no
There is no "both sides" to genocide.
Millions of people - half of them children - are locked in a concentration camp with their supply of food, water, gas, medicine, etc. completely cut off. With a sea on one side and a military occupation on the other, they are unable to leave as entire neighborhoods are completely destroyed by missiles. This isn't about some ancient, religious war. This is the result of a violent colonization project that started in 1948. What is happening right now under th Read More
Nature calls. At times she can be silent, yet still speak volumes. Like when you think you're th....
Nature calls. At times she can be silent, yet still speak volumes. Like when you think you're the "only one" in a crowd and then catch the eyes of another and exchange that "I see you, fam" smile and head nod. 
Other times, Nature can holler with an incomparable wrath, moving anyone within earshot swiftly back in line. In my experience though, most often her call is gentle, unassuming.
Like the way an elder offers up nuggets of wisdom in what seems like everyday, casual rambling. No stopping to Read More
👀 We've visited many homesteads and have heard countless  stories of hard lessons learned. Pa....
👀 We've visited many homesteads and have heard countless stories of hard lessons learned. Part of transitioning to off-grid, sustainable living is trial and error. But there are so many people out there willing to share their knowledge and experiences so that you can gain insights and hopefully avoid repeating their mistakes. Tap in!
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Reposted from @offgridhomesteadfam
I am pushing this summit so hard because I truly wish I had the opportunity to learn all of this information Read More
Parents, y'all think we should bring this back?! Our teens thought this old-school courting chai....
Parents, y'all think we should bring this back?! Our teens thought this old-school courting chair was hilarious.
Link in bio to check out our recent journey to Tulsa, Oklahoma and subscribe to see more of our Cross-Country VAN roadtip.
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.#vanlife #blacktravel #blackvanlife #blackwallstreet #tulsa #blacktravelfeed #blacknomads #travelnoire
It is awesome in the truest sense of the word to do nothing and have food provided by nature. Wa....
It is awesome in the truest sense of the word to do nothing and have food provided by nature. Was pulling vines that were overtaking the backyard and noticed these little mini watermelon looking things.
Turns out they're edible! Creeping cucumbers. The flavor is hard to describe. Kinda of like a cucumber with a very mild sour, or maybe vinegar-like kind of taste. We are missing out on so many unique flavors living in a society that mass produces the same few crops for year-round consumption.
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It's hard to put our experience touring Tulsa, Oklahoma into words, so we made a video! Check ou....
It's hard to put our experience touring Tulsa, Oklahoma into words, so we made a video! Check out episode 2 of our Cross-country Van Trip available now on YouTube! Link in bio
By subscribing and sharing our YouTube content, you are making a tangible contribution to our community-building efforts. Thank you for supporting us and spreading the word!
#vanlife #blackwallstreet #tulsa #tulsaok #blackvanlife #blacknomads #blackhomesteaders #blacktravelfeed #travelnoire
Y'all ever had Charleston red rice? Or some good old Gullah seafood rice?! 🤤 Here's your chan....
Y'all ever had Charleston red rice? Or some good old Gullah seafood rice?! 🤤 Here's your chance to camp out at a Black-owned homestead and get some down-home cooking at its finest!
Come on out to Georgetown, SC for the day (10/7) or book a stay for the whole weekend at Kidogo Farms. Check the website or reach out to @kidogo_farms for more info
#gullahgeechee #gullah #southcarolina #blackhomesteaders #blackfarmersmatter #blacktravel #blackcampers
Over the past 2+ years traveling in our van in pursuit of affirming outdoor spaces, we've learne....
Over the past 2+ years traveling in our van in pursuit of affirming outdoor spaces, we've learned a lot! Check out our latest YouTube video where we explore the Pros and Cons of the methods we use to seek out camping destinations. Youtube Channel Link in bio.
https://youtu.be/RQ9PurZr7og
👕 by @adinkrastyles
#vanlife #affirming #campingtrip #blackvanlife #blacknomads #blackhomsteaders #blackland #blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #melanated
New YouTube video alert! Watch and Share! Check out some highlights from our summer Cross-Countr....
New YouTube video alert! Watch and Share! Check out some highlights from our summer Cross-Country Van Trip! Link in bio
1 Van. 2 Adults. 2 Teens. Countless memories. If you're feeling what WayOut is about, watching and sharing our YouTube videos is one of the best ways you can support the work we do.
We have some exciting new community organizing developments that we can't wait to share with you soon! Until then, enjoy our cross-country video series!
#vanlife #blackvanlife #blacknomads #black Read More
Our friends @tko_farming are hard at work building the Southern Agrarian Training Center to shar....
Our friends @tko_farming are hard at work building the Southern Agrarian Training Center to share our elders' farming wisdom with the next generation. Click the link in our bio to hear a podcast talking about their project and to support the building of a valuable community space.
https://www.gofundme.com/f/4hc6n-southern-agrarian-training-center-fund
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#mississippi #blackfarmers #blackhomesteaders #blackvanlife #blackwealth #southernfarm
Y'all know what happened in Tulsa, OK in the 1920s? I'll tell ya. People laughed, loved, and dan....
Y'all know what happened in Tulsa, OK in the 1920s? I'll tell ya. People laughed, loved, and danced the night away. They raised families, had cookouts. They dreamed, and then put boots to the ground to make it reality. Against all odds, they prospered and lived in abundance.  
Walking through the Greenwood District in Tulsa, there are countless reminders of the atrocities that took place on Black Wall Street. Amongst the dark tales that ooze from monuments and plagues along the roads, there is Read More
POV: When you're with someone willing to live life a little on the edge with you.📷 Enjoying t....
POV: When you're with someone willing to live life a little on the edge with you.
📷 Enjoying the sunset at the Grand Canyon.
#vanlife #grandcanyon #blackvanlife #blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #travelnoire #blackinnature
Right time. Right place. Right people. When you're aligned, it's like the universe is showing of....
Right time. Right place. Right people. When you're aligned, it's like the universe is showing off and out for you.
That's how our stay with Zani and Yaseen @offgridhomesteadfam felt. In the time we were there, we got to experience multiple rare events that we couldn't have planned for even if we tried.
Their homestead is unlike any we've ever been to. 25+ acres on a wide expanse of land, you can see miles in every direction. There's an abundance of sage bushes throughout the land, which proba Read More
Our cross-country trip begins in Kentucky with a waterfall and deep-fried oreos!Every heard of a....
Our cross-country trip begins in Kentucky with a waterfall and deep-fried oreos!
Every heard of a moonbow? Us neither. Apparently, when there's a full moon this is one of the few places in the world where you can see a rainbow created by moonlight.
#vanlife #homesteaders #blackfarmers #blacknomads #travelnoire #Blacktravelfeed #wayoutdoors #blackvanlife #abovegroundrailroad
Look, Mama Nature is gonna do what she wants.  And it don't help nobody to be mad about it. The ....
Look, Mama Nature is gonna do what she wants. And it don't help nobody to be mad about it. The old saying goes, "Nature does not hurry, yet everything gets accomplished". That includes this festival! It's now happening on Saturday, JULY 15TH!
Different dates but the same great time. We'll see you in a few weeks at @sgrbpatch in Tuskegee, AL. If you weren't able to make it to the original date, here's another chance to get on board!
#blackvanlife #blackhomesteaders #blackfarmers #blacknomads Read More
Just 2 weeks away! Join us at @sgrbpatch in Tuskegee, AL for live music, drum circle, nature wal....
Just 2 weeks away! Join us at @sgrbpatch in Tuskegee, AL for live music, drum circle, nature walks, foraging, kids activities, camping, vendors, and more!
You can come soak up good vibes all day or keep the party going and camp overnight on the farm. Only 5 campsites left!
Link in bio. Let's come together and celebrate community and the abundance that nature provides!
#blacknomads #blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #blackhomesteaders #blackfarmers #tuskegee #tuskegeeuniversity #travelnoire #black Read More
We're heading Southwest and need your help! PLEASE SHARE THIS to help us connect with more land ....
We're heading Southwest and need your help! PLEASE SHARE THIS to help us connect with more land stewards as we continue to work on expanding the Aboveground Railroad community.
We're so excited to finally be venturing into the southwest soon to connect with some long-time IG fam in real life. We'll be making many stops along the way and would love to be able to stay on Black-owned land for the entire journey.
We are especially looking to connect with land stewards in OK, AR, or Northern Texas Read More
Let’s celebrate community, our roots, and the abundance that nature provides! This Juneteenth ....
Let’s celebrate community, our roots, and the abundance that nature provides! This Juneteenth weekend (6/17-6/18), take the Southern Route to your Roots and enjoy some good food, good music, and down-home family vibes at @sgrbpatch in Tuskegee, Alabama!
Tickets for the daytime festival are $10 (FREE for kids under 13!) If you want to keep the festivities going overnight, you can add on a campsite for up to 5 people for just $20! Only 6 campsites left. Secure your tickets and campsite today!
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We kicked off the spring camp season out on @mysticpinefarm , a small farm in southwest VA stewa....
We kicked off the spring camp season out on @mysticpinefarm , a small farm in southwest VA stewarded by Chef Stephanie and we couldn’t have felt luckier!
Chef Steph (has a great ring to it), like so many farmers and homesteaders we’ve met, is a “let’s get er done” type person. In a short time, she has cleared her land, hand built raised beds and hand plowed crop rows to grow the food she uses for the delicious food she makes.
We enjoyed her down-home shrimp and grits, with a side of the most Read More
@kidogo_farms presents Camping 'Cross Da Gullah Nation 2023! April 20-23 in SC! Tour and camp th....
@kidogo_farms presents Camping 'Cross Da Gullah Nation 2023! April 20-23 in SC! Tour and camp throughout the Gullah-Geechee Nation, from Allendale to Dorchester to Georgetown, with meals, drinks, and entertainment provided at each location. Join the fun!!
Get info and tickets at www.kidogofarms.com/geechee-camp-tour
As usual, Aboveground Railroad community members get the family hookup. Check your email for details.
#blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #blacknomads #blackvanlife #travelnoire #black Read More
Getting our popcorn ready to see the stunning changes over at @off_gridish! Make sure you tune i....
Getting our popcorn ready to see the stunning changes over at @off_gridish! Make sure you tune in. Catch them on #iglive next Tuesday at 7:30pm EST right before the episode airs!
We love to see the Aboveground Railroad community thrive. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Can’t wait to visit again soon!
#blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #blacknomads #blackvanlife #travelnoire #blackhomesteaders #blackhomesteads #blackfarmers #blackfarmersmarket #blackcampers # Read More
Save the Date!📅 On Juneteenth weekend, @sgrbpatch is hosting a nature-filled good time at the....
Save the Date!📅 On Juneteenth weekend, @sgrbpatch is hosting a nature-filled good time at their blueberry farm in Tuskeegee, Alabama!
Pick your own blueberries, fill up on some down-home cookin', turn up with some good music and fun outdoor activities, and then warm up gathered around the bonfire!
You can come just for the daytime festivities or extend the fun by camping out on the farm.
Stay tuned for more details and registration!
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It's going down once again at Unity Family Farm May 19-21 in Gibson, GA!Garrett invites all for ....
It's going down once again at Unity Family Farm May 19-21 in Gibson, GA!
Garrett invites all for a weekend of community camping and relaxation at his homestead. Free camping and free food!
Save the date OR better yet, put in your RSVP now! RSVP is required by May 1st. See flyer for contact info.
#blackhomesteaders #blacknomads #blacktravel #blacktravelfeed #blackvanlife #travelnoire
Stay toasty warm on those chilly outdoor nights and help us raise funds to continue building the....
Stay toasty warm on those chilly outdoor nights and help us raise funds to continue building the Aboveground Railroad community!
We need your support to continue making this vision a reality. Check out the Solidarity Shop and grab an Aboveground Railroad hoodie, magnet, keychain, or engraved compass! Link in bio.
Here's your chance to show us some love and provide support as we continue this wonderful work of building a nationwide community centered around providing safe and affirming outdoor Read More
@deadprez said it best. Sound on!Visit the solidarity shop (link in bio) to help raise funds for....
@deadprez said it best. Sound on!
Visit the solidarity shop (link in bio) to help raise funds for groups and organizers working hard to make sure that there is NO Cop City anywhere!
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#stopcopcity #defendatlantaforest
Yoooo this is dope! Share this! We spotted this protest sign and just love the idea!Taking a sti....
Yoooo this is dope! Share this! We spotted this protest sign and just love the idea!
Taking a sticker and turning a public sign that can be found everywhere into a protest sign for Stop Cop City is just brilliant! Simple, yet powerful! We were so inspired we added stickers to the Solidarity Shop. Love to see people getting more creative with the ways we take action and show solidarity.
Visit the Solidarity Shop to help raise funds and join the movement to Stop Cop City from happening anywher Read More
We are thrilled to launch the Solidarity Shop! Swipe through the slides for details! (Link in bi....
We are thrilled to launch the Solidarity Shop! Swipe through the slides for details! (Link in bio)
The first movement we're providing action tools and raising funds for is Stop Cop City!
This Black History Month, let's celebrate and build upon the legacy and traditions of the Black freedom struggle by taking action now!
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#stopcopcity #defendatlantaforest #solidarityshop #abovegroundrailroad #blackhomesteaders #blacktravel #blacknomads #blacktravelfeed #travelnoire
400 acres of an Atlanta forest in a Black community is scheduled to be destroyed and replaced wi....
400 acres of an Atlanta forest in a Black community is scheduled to be destroyed and replaced with a massive police training compound. 😠😡🤬!
The plans include military-grade facilities, a mock city to practice urban tactical operations, explosives testing areas, dozens of shooting ranges, and a Black Hawk helicopter landing pad.
We took a trip down to walk through the forest and got a chance to talk with protestors who have been camping in the forest near the proposed Cop City building site.
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Get a GRAND start to the New Year! Come camp out and connect with @blkdreamcamp in Apache County....
Get a GRAND start to the New Year! Come camp out and connect with @blkdreamcamp in Apache County, AZ just a few miles from the Grand Canyon. Dec 30 - Jan 1
*Repost*
Join us on New Years Eve for a celebration of new energy, life, abundance and manifesting in Nature at BLK Dream Camp!
We will be emersed into the wonders of nature and will participate in:
🔵 A Vision Board Ceremony
🔵 Open Mic (Bring your talents)
🔵 Midnight Paper Lantern Release
🔵Bonfire
🔵 Meditation and Yoga practice (New Year Read More

"Oh! The cops are here."

The morning was quiet. Outside of the burnt coals, there was little left of the campfire fun we had the previous night playing games and singing rap, reggae and R&B songs while talking trash and vibing with strangers who had quickly felt like friends. Most had already eaten breakfast and were waiting for outdoor yoga to begin. While folks sat around the tables, people began to talk about hearing a couple of cars driving through the land. On the campground we were using, there was a private dirt road cut through between the main road and a cluster of houses behind the land. The event organizer had arranged private use of the entire property, but it appeared nearby residents were used to using the shortcut. When we arrived, many of the RVs, vans and other vehicles had parked along this dirt road. 

 

“Oh! The cops are here.” From the table, the campers could see a cop car parked at the main road. The event organizer and a few others got up to see why it was there. Before walking over, someone said, “Bring your phone.” We all knew what this could easily turn into. Those who stayed at the table continued an uneasy conversation. 

 

After a short while, the cop car left and the event organizer called all the campers, about 30 of us, together to let us know what happened. It appeared that someone had called and complained that people were blocking the private dirt road they had come accustomed to using as a shortcut. Now that the cop car had gone, the unease dissipated and frustration and indignation set in. People asked really tough questions and grappled with the unfairness of the call. The dirt road was private and belonged to the land that the event organizer had permission to use. Someone pointed out that it was sheer audacity that the cops got called on us when the person who called was the one trespassing on private land. “If anything, we should have been the one calling the cops.” A few snickered at this unlikely switcheroo. 

 

Thankfully, the yoga instructor arrived. A camper said, “Let’s find our zen again” A few laughed, one shrugging their shoulders as if to let go of it all. Many of us were just happy that the police didn’t aggravate the situation. A low bar that we are expected to accept- No Justice, Just Peace. 

 

Mike and I stay back with a few others to help break down the site. After about 40 minutes, one camper decided to leave. Unfortunately, she accidentally exited the wrong way into the community of houses. A man and woman rushed out of one of the houses with a phone. It was then that we knew the cops were going to be called, again. 

 

We make a wrong turn, the cops get called on us quickly. They purposefully trespass, we gracefully ignore it, and the cops get called on us anyway. 

 

The caucasity of it all. 

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Guest - Angela on Friday, 26 August 2022 10:08

Hmmm.... I wonder sometimes if our actions are "graceful" or a mixture of "gracefulness, weariness, and restraint." Whatever they are, I'm past doing it. Thanks for the article.

Hmmm.... I wonder sometimes if our actions are "graceful" or a mixture of "gracefulness, weariness, and restraint." Whatever they are, I'm past doing it. Thanks for the article.
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