We are excited to announce the Retreat Farm is acting as our fiscal sponsor and we can now accept tax deductible donations! All donations are accepted by our fiscal sponsor on behalf of the SUSU commUNITY Farm.
You may be familiar with our previous gofund me where we raised $20k to purchase 26 CSA shares for BIPOC families in Brattleboro this season along with beginning the process of raising money to purchase farmland: https://www.gofundme.com/f/bipoc-healing-foods-fund
We have transitioned to this new one so that we can accept tax deductible donations!
Formely known as the BIPOC Land and Food Sovereignty Project, The SUSU commUNITY Farm will be a Black and Indigenous stewarded farm in Southern Vermont. We will offer life affirming spaces for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to thrive and experience safety while healing from the intergenerational trauma of systemic oppression.
We are committed to building multiracial commUNITY and sustainable relationships based on reciprocity.
We do this by helping our people reconnect to the land and to their traditional lineages and food ways. We are guided by the wisdom of our ancestors. We focus on global majority-led, peer-supported, and culturally-relevant programming. We help build a culture of liberation throughout Vermont.
We are currently fundraising to build, sustain, and support this vision (shared in more detail below).
We are raising funds to support the purchase of farmland that will held in perpetuity for the BIPOC commUNITY in Vermont, Working capital to cover the costs of building, rennovation, planning professionals, meeting regulations and safety requirements, laywer and other fees associated with this project, farming and other equiptment needed to start and sustain a farm and educational healing center, seeds, tools, boxes, and other necessities for our free BIPOC CSA's, funding for salaries, program development, certifications, etc. all that goes into this project.
The SUSU commUNITY Farm will comprise farm fields, gardens, recreation paths and likely water access, animal barns, participant and residential accommodations, kitchens, and indoor and outdoor meeting, workshop, training, and celebration spaces. Its program will grow and evolve over time. Immediately upon acquisition of the farm, however, we expect to feature the following initiatives:
Box of Resilience: A free culturally-affirming year-round CSA box for BIPOC in Windham County.
Storyteller Gardens: Gardens that will be stewarded by people in our commUNITY to preserve cultural legacies, farming, and gardening practices through food, healing, storytelling. These gardens will connect people back to the land and their lineages and help to protect the earth from climate change reconnecting people to land stewardship. This is where our Box of resilience food will be grown.
Youth to Liberation Pipeline Program: An alternative to the carceral, child services, and policing systems for youth. This program offers youth a practical introduction to living with the land and nature, a framework and tools to heal from white supremacy and racialized trauma, and a commUNITY based upon land-based healing and food education and connection.
Trauma Conscious Liberation School: We offer entry level programming for BIPOC and white folx in Southern Vermont to begin the process of healing from white supremacy culture and prepare to build a culture of liberation. Our school also offers Trauma conscious yoga, ancestral based healing, an elder mentorship program, a skill trade program, a small-liberated kids farm school day program, a food justice program, and a BIPOC herbal allyship program
The SUSU Botanica: An on-site welcome center for visitors to learn about the Susu program and values and purchase herbal and other products of the Farm along with products from other BIPOC owned businesses. We expect that a number of other initiatives such as those below could follow in the coming years:
BIPOC Uplift Fund: An accessible financial facility through which BIPOC folx will apply for small grants or stipends that help to increase their quality of life through education and investment, for example, trainings such as an apprenticeship under an elder in a spiritual tradition that most grants wouldn’t cover or small start-up funds to support youth with business ideas that contribute to the vitality of the Windham County community.
BIPOC Emergency Fund: A fund that could be accessed in the event of natural or unplanned disasters in which BIPOC in Windham County need access to survival needs like small cash infusions, food, housing, clothing, hospital bills, etc.
BIPOC Respite: This program would offer on-site peer supported respite for people of color in Vermont who need an alternative to the mental health system to prevent mental health crisis. This is a safe space where BIPOC Vermonters can come and sleepover while having a team of culturally relevant peer support, free fresh and nourishing meals, grieving circles, and trauma informed practice sessions, and liberated commUNITY.
Podcast: A podcast show on the farm uplifting the voices, wisdom, and practices of BIPOC land stewards and spiritual workers in Vermont.
We invite you to participate in building a commUNITY in Vermont where ALL can thrive. This is an oppotunity to invest in a long term future of life, healing, and liberation on land in Vermont. With your support we can create a solid foundation and framework to begin the healing neccessary and the support needed to build a legacy on land that addresses and supports land back initiatives, healing from racialized trauma, reparations, transformative commUNITY building, safe jobs for BIPOC in Vermont to thrive, free nourishing organic food, and more!
Please visit our website to learn more about us: susucommunityfarm.org