Wearing Labor Day White and Singing About Gardens

Outdoor Afro member @ebonisenai just sent us this inspirational and beautiful video of a tribute to love and living in our gardens. With a clap-clap and wistful sound, Laura Mvula beautifully channels the lyrics of Green Garden, while calling up the ancestors and having church in a swath of golden green. Take me outside Into the…

Musings of an Urban Park Manager: A Black Male Reflection

Greetings Outdoor Afros: I’m Morgan Powell and this is my fifth blog here at Outdoor Afro.  I’m the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough.  Many male Harlem Renaissance writers and other 20th century brothers-on-a-soap-box wrote about the invisible…

Thanksgiving and the Outdoors

Originally posted Thanksgiving, November 25th, 2009…Enjoy! Thanksgiving in my family is more than the delicious turkey, pies, and cobblers my sister Delane makes; it is also a celebration of food that preserves the memories and experiences of those who have passed on, symbolized through the remaking of family recipes…Cherrie’s dressing, Ella mae’s Pea Salad…the matriarchs…

How Does Your (Sidewalk) Garden Grow?

Originally Posted on Scientopia For urban dwellers who would love to garden, but feel as though they don’t have enough, time, skills, or space, a re-popularized and fun solution is the sidewalk garden. These gardens not only invite beauty into the local surroundings, but also create an urban sanctuary for environmental allies such as birds,…

Join us at Soul Food Farm: October 15th

Want to learn the best ways to break down grassfed beef into American and Italian cuts AND support urban school garden projects? If so, we invite you to take your love of good food and good deeds to the next level! Join Outdoor Afro at this fundraiser for Slow Food Solano’s school gardens project, the Farmer-Veteran-Coalition and…

Mo’ Better Food: Feeding Ourselves

In the spirit of this week’s recognition of Black farmers, here is a wonderful video by Max Roach of Mo’ Better Food. He interviews Will Scott, President of the African American Farmers of California, who presides over 20 farmers in the state. I have had Mr. Scott’s wonderful black-eyed peas from the West Oakland Farmer’s…