Hi blog voyeurs,
as you may have heard, Wangari Maathai has passed away. She was the first East African woman to earn a PhD, the first African woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, and was a strong advocate for women’s rights, environmental justice and post-colonial reform in Kenya. In her lifetime she was a professor, a veterinarian, a politician, and an activist. Some of us at the farmhouse recently watched a film about her work, called Taking Root. Very inspiring, and rings true even here in Canada where many of the same issues, such as deforestation, soil erosion, and human rights, are still ones that need attention if we are to continue depending on the earth and each other to thrive.
Here is a short clip of her telling a story about her drive to change things. If you can find Taking Root online or at a library, I recommend it!
I also wanted to share this short video from a farmer at one of our neighbouring CRAFT farms, about why he is an organic farmer.
More photos coming soon!