Author, Farmer, Activist
Engaging, passionate.. Natasha shares stories, engages the audience and speaks candidly about issues around race and food.
The food and farm movement is about more than buying local and protecting our soil. It is about preserving culture and community, digging deep into the places we’ve overlooked and honoring those who have come before us. Blending storytelling, photography, oral history and unique insight, Natasha reminds us that true food sovereignty means a place at the table for everyone.
“The food movement has woken the world to the joy of food, but the beauty of the people who grow it is too often hidden. It is impossible to understand food in America without digging deeply into race, class and culture. People’s perceptions are their realities, and Natasha contributes to changing our reality by changing our perception of the hands, hearts and faces in the food movement.”
“True to her ancestral ties, Natasha brings forth the hope of a new generation of young people of color fixed on recapturing the energy, history and tradition of farming. The power of storytelling is etched in each farmer’s tale of courage and resiliency as they look at farming, not as oppressive, but as a vibrant celebration of who they are. The stories Natasha shares make the ancestors rise up in triumph! Natasha’s energy is palpable!”
“Natasha Bowens, through her compelling stories and powerful images of a rainbow of farmers, reminds us that the industrialization of our food system and the oppression of our people — two sides of the same coin — will, if not confronted, sow the seeds of our own destruction.”
“Dive into the stories and photographs Natasha Bowens shares and you come up for air with a profound appreciation for the diversity of people planting the seeds and harvesting the foods to keep alive cultural traditions and nourish communities around the country. Anyone who eats should read her book: You will come to the table with new appreciation for the intersections between race and food that so often go unsaid and undocumented. Kudos to Bowens.”