(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.
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