BM Meetups in Atlanta and Charleston | Recap
BM team members Yolanda and Kenya hit the road at the beginning of the summer to hold community in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC. We had such a great time exploring this pocket of the South and of course, meeting y'all! These meetups affirmed for us there is more work to be done in our communities and were excited about the transition coming up.
Our first gathering took place in Atlanta at Soul Vegetarian. We chatted about our journeys, how we found minimalism, capitalsim, and introduced minimalism to a couple of folx. We were overjoyed to meet one of our longtime community members who has been following us since we put up the landing page back in 2016! One of our Black & Minimalist course members, Liberata, was also present.
We were also able to hit up Spiritual Homegirl's meetup at the Chattahoochee Nature Center outside of Atlanta. Maria featured Kenya on the Spiritual Homegirl podcast in April where they discussed black minimalism, the Black & Minimalist course, and spirituality.
While at the nature center, we explored the butterfly habitat and learned about the characteristics and lifespan of different types of butterflies. It was a perfect opportunity to kick it and appreciate nature.
We got to explore North Charleston and visit Fresh Future Farm (FFF). FFF is a nonprofit farm that provides healthy food and jobs to its local community. Kenya serves as a consultant to Fresh Future Farm so we decided to volunteer some of our time and sweat. Yolanda was introduced to the CEO and Farm/Market Director of FFF, Germaine Jenkins, as well as other staff, and we even got to meet one of the Low Country's renowned chefs, BJ Dennis. We weeded around the sweet blackberry trees and the mint plot. Yolanda took some fresh mint and lemongrass home (in addition to some juicy plums, peaches, apples, and mangos) and made some bomb tea!
We then had the pleasure of breaking bread with another Black & Minimalist course member Shamoana and her daughter. She chatted with us about her efforts to share minimalism with her family and the joys and challenges of being teacher after homeschooling her daughter for some time. We also got to give Shamoana her Black & Minimalist t-shirt she won in our giveaway at the end of the course.
We enjoyed our time out in the community and are looking forward to connecting with more of y'all over the next year. See you soon!