BM Volunteer MeetUp in DC | Recap
Black Minimalists held our first official meetup Saturday, September 23rd in Washington, D.C. It was a great opportunity to meet some folks from our community and the neighborhood, support urban farmers and their communities, and learn about sustainable agriculture.
Soilful City was founded by native Washingtonian, Xavier Brown, with the goal of healing our communities through the intersections of urban farming, sustainability, and African Diasporic culture. We first learned about Soilful and other black farmers in the DC area via Blavity and our founder, Yolanda, had a chance to meet Xavier and work at the River Terrace Community Organization’s Fall Garden Volunteer Day.
We were also introduced to Hustlaz 2 Harvesters through Xavier. It is an organization of returning citizens committed to affecting change in their communities in DC through farming. They harvest a variety of foods including zucchini, okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. Their Forest Pippin fish peppers were used to make a delicious hot sauce we tasted and they hope to sell it cooperatively soon.
In addition to the awesome time we spent building the compost bin and harvesting fish peppers, this event was also special for us because it was the first time the BM team members were together in-person. We came from Kansas, Maryland, New York, and South Carolina to be together. Let’s just say there was lots of laughter and truth-sharing and the time we spent together reinforced our team bond and sistahood. We can’t wait for our next meetup!