The Lineage of Land Work: Ari de Leña

*As a story about land & place we must honor the Duwamish & Coast Salish people and their unceded lands that we inhabit.

Who we are is inextricably tied to place. We are defined and define ourselves based on the places we are; we’ve been; we’re going. Our identities are shaped not only by our place, but by our ancestors’ places. In the case of diaspora, these may be places we have never been to and may never be.

This connection between who and where makes the land an important and powerful storyteller. So long as we nourish it, the land can hold generations of knowledge, wisdom, and culture. So long as we nourish it, the land can hold us, connect us, and make us feel whole. So long as we nourish it, the land will be there to share its stories of struggle, healing, and regeneration.

Knowing how colonization, imperialism, and capitalism have altered both our land and how we relate to it, tracing our lineage with land will inevitably reveal trauma and pain. And, if done with intention and care, this work can also lead to healing, creativity, and connectedness.

Kamayan Farm, located 25 miles east of Seattle, WA, was built with a vision to heal with and through the land. With a background in environmental justice and body based healing, Farmer Ari de Leña has created a place to explore lineage through land work and make sure people don’t forget that farming is always political. Her work at Kamayan Farm honors ancestral growing, eating, and medicine making practices and is creating a space for QTPOC (queer/trans people of color) and youth of color to connect to the land. Ari is disrupting mainstream narratives about farming and building power through deeply intentional community organizing. Her farm provides dreamy and delicious produce to the public through community supported agriculture boxes.

Learn more about Ari’s work at kamayanfarm.com

 

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