Amar(t)anto Herbal Farm Coop
Amara (they/them/elle) is a queer immigrant farmer and educator. Amara focuses on restoring a sacred relationship with the land by cultivating growing and learning spaces that highlight Afro-Indigenous agricultural traditions technologies and foodways. Amara has been farming in New York City for seven years and is transitioning to working in a rural landscape to focus on medicinal herb production and establishing a queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC) centered herbal cooperative farm. They focus on medicinal herbs because Amara believes that healing and liberation are interconnected.These are ongoing processes that require undoing oppressive systems such as colonialism and white supremacy while simultaneously cultivating reciprocal relationships with the Earth.
MORE ABOUT AMARA
Amara immigrated to New York at the age of 5, bringing the seed stories of their family who has been cultivating cacao and citrus in the Ecuadorian coast. Amara farms with the intention to heal the wounds of exploitation on this Earth, knowing that this work is also generational healing for their family/community. Amara is a student of seeds, pollinators and the moon. These teachers guide Amara’s roles as a farmer and educator, to steward relationships between people and their environment to cultivate interconnected resilience in the face of climate change. Cultivating interconnected resilience means that communities most affected by systemic violence are adaptive, fluid, and in the practice of deep reflection to address the ecological crisis we face. It affirms that we must recognize the tools, skills, and assets that exist within the community that help us address and strategize solutions to issues of housing insecurity, food insecurity, low employment, militarism, and gender-based violence. Seeing these issues as symptoms of an ecological crisis rooted in colonialism helps us build a collective analysis that centers respect for the Earth and nature as something that is not separate but a part of us.