SHIT WE LOVE | Mama Tanya, Old Westbury, Woke Food + The Overstory



In these current times, there is an even greater need to stay AWAKE, INSPIRED and JOYFUL. We are paying special attention to people, places, and work that lift our spirits and we wanted to share some of them with you. 


"Anti-black racism, deconstructing patriarchy through a feminist lens, and looking at the intersectionalities that create food deserts"... BAM!! Need we say more? Well, we will anyway: Tanya Fields (also known as Momma Tanya) is the founder of a food justice organization that has created an urban farm BLK Project and established a mobile food market. She is a fierce lover and supporter of low-income/working class Black moms and is an unapologetic radical Black feminist. She's ALSO working on Mama Tanya's Kitchen where she shares how to have "caviar taste on a SNAP budget" always asking "You hungry? Real food. Real talk. Real life." Yes! We def hungry for more.


One rainy, misty afternoon this summer we took a field trip to Old Westbury Gardens for some inspiration and time with some tree elders. If you ever have an extra hour or so in Long Island, a stop here is well worth it.  Shout out to the staff there doing a tremendous job. See more photos on our wild log.


This Spring at the Just Food Conference we got better acquainted with Woke Foods, a "women-owned cooperative that taps into the healing traditions of Dominican food to create recipes, host cooking classes, offer meal planning and cater events." These badass ladies are doing innovative healing work using food to model what we want our future to look like - bridging culture, plants, food, and the new economy. Check out Woke Foods!


We can't stop gushing over our newest book crush, The Overstory by Richard Powers, which gracefully blends tree science, spirit, complex human and plant characters, and exquisite writing all into one epic novel. We are still turning the pages, but couldn't help share our excitement to anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet of picking it up.