The Intersection of Black Culture + Green Thumbs
Whazzup! Whazzup! Whazzup!!! Our boy Marty Mar always had Gina hype when he would hit her with a "You go girl!" So, hype yourself up (and your plants too!) with a cozy sweatshirt with the iconic stylings of one of the best 90s sitcoms.
*Also available in a cozy sweatshirt!*
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz/yd² (142 g/m²)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Blank product sourced from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Honduras, or the US
This product is made especially for you as soon as you place an order, which is why it takes us a bit longer to deliver it to you. Making products on demand instead of in bulk helps reduce overproduction, so thank you for making thoughtful purchasing decisions!
Do you smudge sage and have a hood playlist? You cuss and you compost? We get you.
Forage + Black is the space where Black culture and green thumbs meet. When we talk about Read, Black and Green, we mean Read-those who are educated (college is not the only education), Black-any part of, or ally to, the African Diaspora and Green-in love with Mother Earth.
As a semi-crunchy wife and mom of two with a background in agriculture, I know that I am not the agricultural archetype. The average farmer in America is a 66 year-old, white male. Only around 5% of American Farmers are BIPOC, and less than 2% are Black.
There are many of us doing our part to change the narrative that has been co-opted. We've been doing this growing food thing since the advent of agriculture, some 10,000+ years ago. We brought our knowledge with us when we were forced to the stolen land of the Americas. That knowledge continued through chattel slavery and grew with us as we developed the New Farmers of America as sharecroppers.
We stand—whether in community gardens, container gardens, backyard gardens, homesteads, or large production farms. We do this. Where our Black and Brown hands meet the soil grows the sustenance for another day.
Welcome and Ashe.
My father taught me that the fate of a seed can be predicted by the health of the soil where it takes root...We all need a healthy environment and a community that lets us fulfill our potential.
Yolanda grew up in Columbus, Ohio. An unsuspecting participant in 4-H and In-School Scouting, she developed her connection with the land very young. Growing up with a garden in her backyard was only the beginning of her journey that took her to Ghana, West Africa, where she discovered that food is life.
Yolanda is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences where she also serves as President of the Alumni Society Board. An active participant in her community, she along with four other women helped to found Black Lactation Circle, a breastfeeding support and advocacy group for Black mothers in Central Ohio.
Yolanda is a wife, a mother of two little boss ladies (no, really, their initials are CEO), and a supporter of those trying to do right by the people and the land. She believes in the saying, "There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come."
~ Victor Hugo