Five years ago, we, Irucka Ajani and Obiora Embry, embarked on a journey to create a two acre edible forest garden on our maternal family farm, Martin Acres. Martin Acres is an eighth generation black‐owned family farm in the Rhodes Chapel Community of Greenville (Muhlenberg County), KY. The two acres were left fallow for decades after the area stopped being used for grazing. Although our initial plan was to simply farm the forest we have started to develop a larger vision.
This vision is an important part of our journey as we resurrect ideas from the past while thinking about the present with an eye on the future (akin to the Asante Adinkra symbol, Sankofa). During the past five years we have also been helping a paternal cousin transform her family farm in rural Richmond, KY.
At our inaugural event, we will celebrate Nature and our maternal and paternal family farms (and legacies)! In doing so we will give a talk/presentation on both farms, including the regenerative work being done. In addition, we will discuss our new vision, share photographs, and break bread with seasonal and locally sourced food (quasi farm‐to‐table).
We invite our collective community from near and far to join us in our celebration of Nature and family...and to meet the farmers from whom you may purchase food from in the near future and beyond!
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