We begin this week’s edition of of Sound Bites by taking a look at the annual Black Urban Growers conference which starts today in Oakland, California, and sets out to bring together local Black Baltimore farmers with California-based Black farmers to talk about their work and the roles they play in transforming the food system. With: Walker Marsh, Founder and Owner of The Flower Factory, a local flower farm in Baltimore City; Sache Jones, Food Justice Consultant for the Park Heights Community Health Alliance, who also manages the Afya Community Teaching Garden in Park Heights; Chanowk Yisrael, Black urban farmer from Sacramento, CA, who founded the Yisrael Family Farm with his wife Judith; and Karissa Lewis, Black radical farmer from Oakland, CA, who is the co-founder of the Full Harvest Urban Farm.
We end this edition of Sound Bites with a feature on the upcoming event, Jazz for Water. The fundraiser will feature a live performance by the Carl Filipiak Quartet and a Farm-to-Table dinner, all benefiting the Gunpowder River, its streams and wetlands. Marc is joined by: Theaux Le Gardeur, Gunpowder Riverkeeper; Carl Filipiak, jazz guitarist, who will be performing jazz standards and originals with his quartet at the event; and Robert Shahid, jazz drummer and host of the Baltimore Blend on WEAA 88.9FM.