“Racism is built into the DNA of the U.S. food system.” — LEAH PENNIMAN

“Leah Penniman, author, activist, and farmer, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. She and her team at Soul Fire Farm in upstate New York are working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, promote equity in food access, and train the next generation of activist farmers.


Her debut book, Farming While Black, extends these efforts by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim their rightful place of dignified agency in the food system, with a concise “how-to” for all aspects of small-scale farming. This highly anticipated book that converges timely topics of race, land use, and organic farming has people talking.

Staff Picks from the Employee Owners of Chelsea Green Publishing

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock 

This was my first acquisition at Chelsea Green, and the author (Harvey Ussery) was a joy to work with. At the time I had just moved from New York City and was raising over 150 chickens on my homestead, and editing became a deep learning experience for me “in the field” as well. This book represents to me the depth and magnitude of a Chelsea Green book, even in the super-focused niche that is poultry.

My chickens thank me every day. 

— Makenna Goodman, Senior Editor