On this episode of the Regenerative Rising Podcast – Elevating Stories, Activating Change, host Seleyn DeYarus, Founder and Executive Director of Regenerative Rising, is joined by guest Kamal Bell, Founder and CEO of Sankofa Farms, to talk about how Sankofa Farms is far more than a farm. While Kamal has an educational background in Animal Industry and Agricultural Education and is currently working on a Doctorate in Agricultural Extension Education, he credits his skill set for running the farm and its associated programs to his innate abilities.
Sankofa Farms is on the path to creating a sustainable food source for the BIPOC community in both rural and urban areas located in Durham and Orange County, North Carolina, one of the many food deserts in the United States. This multifaceted family farm sells dehydrated chips, farm fresh eggs and farm goods. They even offer a Lease-A-Hive program where folks, regardless of location, are able to support honeybees, gain an understanding of the inner workings of beekeeping and receive 5lbs of honey.
Settle into a comfy spot and listen as Seleyn and Kamal navigate the false notions of separation and hyperindividualism and how Sankofa Farms’ summer youth agricultural program works to integrate a collective mindset in addition to preparing young Black men for STEM careers and helping facilitate the students’ developmental journey in the farm community. Kamal shares a success story where a current intern of his was given the opportunity to fully embody everything Sankofa Farms stands for, including the meaning behind the West African word “sankofa”. Listen now to learn about an easy way to support pollinators and how Kamal utilizes social media to further educate folks on how to scale up a farm.
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