Located at 1972 NY-2 in Petersburg, New York, Soul Fire Farm is unique in its vision, mission and work. Soul Fire Farm, as per its website, is “an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.”
Opening to the public in 2011, founders Leah Penniman and Jonah Vitale-Wolff named their farm after the reggae track, “Soulfire”, by Jamaican singer and producer Lee “Scratch” Perry. Identifying as multigender/genderqueer and Black Kreyol, she is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Her partner/husband, Jonah Vitale-Wolff identifies as a Jewish, White man. Their union has been graced with a daughter, Neshima, and a son, Emet. The couple met at Clark University, from where they completed their undergraduate degrees in 2002.