Narrative Power and Belonging

In Podcasts, Story by Esperanza Pallana

(L-R: Rubi Orozco Santos, Shaniece Alexander, Esperanza Pallana, Kelly Carlisle)

Thanks to our collaboration with Castanea Fellowship, FFCF was joined by an outstanding group of colleagues and strategic partners to share our voices and stories at the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) in January 2023.

There, in the U.K.- one of the colonial powers guilty of fracturing the relationship between Indigenous culture and our foodways in the United States - Esperanza, Kelly, Rubi, and Shaniece, four BIPOC women, sowed seeds for a return to and centering of Indigenous practices in food and farming systems: rematriation.

Today, we are excited to share more reflections on our ORFC experience.

Listen to a recording the panel, Unceded Voices*: Rematriating the Narrative, with Esperanza Pallana, Kelly Carlisle from Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project and Rubi Orozco Santos from La Semilla Food Center, and moderator Anna Sulan Masing, host of Taste of Place, a Whetstone Radio Collective podcast.
Panel member Rubi Orozco Santos shares the relationship between her work in soil farming and rematriation, and recounts the impact of meeting and sharing with other BIPOC food systems change makers.
Esperanza writes about the disparaging words colonizers use to describe the food she grew up on, and the narrative shift work she and FFCF support to reinstate Indigenous values into our foodways.

Shaniece Alexander, one of the 5,000 conference delegates and volunteer photographer, learned about rematriation at the panel. Rematriation got her thinking about the economic potential that sustainable land can provide those in her