Natasha Bowens

Natasha is a writer, an activist and an urban farmer-in-training who thinks food justice stands at the center of many issues for minority and low-income communities. She left her job in youth advocacy in Washington D.C. to travel the country in search of organic and urban farms sprouting up in food-insecure communities. She is blogging about her adventures, her farmer training and the topic of race and class in the food movement at Brown.Girl.Farming. You can most often find her on a bus or train with her three essentials: backpack, journal, and bug spray.

Brightening up the dark farming history of the Sunshine State

Wrapping up my travels with a visit to the backyard Eden of Earth 'n' Us and Jessica Padron's Urban Farmer in Miami, I ponder Florida's past and present colonial abuses.

Chicago has got it growing on

Growing Power’s Chicago outposts show that plants can be art as well as food, while Growing Home nurtures people whom society would throw away.

Postcard from the first annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

About 500 black farmers from the South, urban growers from the North, and food activists from all over gathered recently at Brooklyn College to discuss historical and lingering discrimination, food sovereignty, and more.

Food justice: It's not black and white in Detroit

I recently spent two weeks in Detroit, working at Brother Nature Produce farm and watching how the city’s food-justice groups handle race and privilege.

Hitting the Big Apple's food-justice buffet

New York City is jam-packed with urban farms, community gardens, and food-justice projects. Not all of them are what they seem, I've discovered, but one has stolen my heart.

In search of black and Latino farmers in the sustainable food movement

One woman's journey to explore the urban-ag movement, learn to farm, and search for her black roots.