Remothering the Land

Regenerative practices and knowledge come from Indigenous and Black farmers, and support healthy soil, animals and people.

2021 / 10 Min

We asked William Smith, land steward of the Village of Huchiun, and Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri, land team member of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, to share their thoughts on bringing this growing movement back. Through rematriation (or remothering the land), this centuries-old sustainable agricultural system has the power to connect Indigenous and Black people with their land in a way that is restorative, healing and rejuvenating for both people and the planet.

“When we talk about composting, cover cropping, no-till agriculture—that’s been going on for thousands of years. It’s really just stuff we’re trying to come back to,” says Smith. “If regenerative agriculture does become the norm, I hope that it’s with the motive of the people, for the earth; [that] it’s really seen as the solution and not just a temporary trend.”

Patagonia recognizes that the farms shown in this film are located in the territory of Huchiun, on the unceded homelands of the Lisjan Ohlone peoples. We honor the ancestors of the land, Elders, and other members of their communities, past, present and future. We support the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust’s Indigenous-led land return efforts through the Rematriate the Land Fund. Learn more about this fund and how you can contribute below.

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Rematriate the Land Fund
Rematriate the Land Fund

The Rematriate the Land Fund is dedicated to creating an alternative land base for urban Indigenous people, to support reconnecting to land, to gather, to have ceremony, and to heal.

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Black Farmer Fund
Black Farmer Fund

Black Farmer Fund is a funding vehicle that centers community voice and power from design to investments. Their work uplifts the histories, needs, and lived experiences of Black farmers and food systems entrepreneurs.

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Rematriation Resource Guide
Rematriation Resource Guide

This Resource Guide from Sogorea Te’ Land Trust offers questions, prompts and ways to take action on the topics covered in the “Remothering the Land” Film.

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Black Earth Farms
Black Earth Farms

A Black and Indigenous-led collective that studies and spreads ancestral knowledge and contemporary agroecological practices to train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Occupied Karkin Ohlone & Chochenyo Territory.

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Reparations Map from Soul Fire Farms
Reparations Map from Soul Fire Farms

Members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network are claiming our sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resources so that we can grow nourishing food and distribute it in our communities. The specific projects and resource needs of BIPOC land-based projects are listed here.

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Acres of Ancestry Initiative / Black Agrarian Fund
Acres of Ancestry Initiative / Black Agrarian Fund

The Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund is a multidisciplinary, cooperative nonprofit ecosystem rooted in Black ecocultural traditions and textile arts to regenerate custodial landownership, ecological stewardship, and food and fiber economies in the South.

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Learn more about Regenerative Organic

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