Hi Prospective Partner(s),
Thank you for taking the time to connect with us and read our letter. We are a land stewardship collective currently made up of three people, Sea (they/he), Bre (she/them), and Coyotl (they/them). The vision that we are actively committed and working towards is a Black and Indigenous centered land stewardship collective. This is a place where both Black and Indigenous folks can have the access and safety to reconnect and reclaim land based ancestral practices, as well as a place for respite. We want to farm ancestral foods and plant medicine, hold workshops, provide healing services, a place for community to gather, and also a place to live and be in deep relationship with the land. We believe that we are stewards of the land. That the land’s wellbeing is not separate from our own. The land we live on is a part of our community, and living in harmony with all of our community, our relatives, is how we desire to exist.
As Black and Indigenous people, we have been violently displaced from our ancestral lands, and our communities have been historically, and continue to be, systemically marginalized. Our desire is to live on land that is gifted to us as a necessary effort towards reparations. Whether that is through the land owner themselves returning some land to us, or by receiving money from people with financial abundance (especially non Black and Indigenous settlers who have privileged from slavery, genocide, and white supremacy), so that we can purchase land.
Since one of our biggest goals is to make sure other Black and Indigenous people have access to a sacred safe space like this, we desire to stay close to the city. The land and space you’re offering brings us closer to this dream that is rooted deeply in love and compassion for all. If our vision does not align with yours, we are also open to guidance or assistance in any way you can offer.
Deep gratitude for your consideration, your time, and your energy. We are excited and eager to hear from you and perhaps be in partnership with you.
BIPOC Land Stewardship Collective
As a collective we all have a variety of farming experiences. Mostly through volunteering with local farms which provide CSA to the community. We all have had our own yard gardens, and have had education and training in herbalism, and continued education on ancestral farming techniques.
Our short term plan is to plant and connect more deeply with ancestral farming techniques, ancestral food and medicine, as well as foundational foods for us and our community (beans, corn, tomato, squash, etc.) We also hope to run workshops for Black & Indigenous youth and all ages to reclaim and deepen connection to land and land based ancestral practices.
We would love to create a space for Black and Indigenous folks to rest and restore, to learn and expand, to find safety and calm. Along with offering workshops, csa, medicine, and healing services.
If housing is available that would be helpful for the time being. However, we all desire to live in tiny homes (yurt, converted school bus, canvas bell tent, etc).
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