Town And Country Meet In The Konbit Urban Farm

CHARMAINE MAGUMBE – The roots of this Urban Farm began with a film festival and a friend.

At the 2021 annual Peterborough Reframe Film Festival, I had the privilege and honour of facilitating a Q&A with Shirah Dedman, the producer and director of the film, Follow the Drinking Gourd. This feature documentary highlighted the Black food justice movement which delved into the larger issues of the intersection of climate catastrophe, race, health, and trauma within our dysfunctional food systems. This year’s Peterborough’s Black History Month kept with a similar narrative:

  • The Cheyenne Sundance, Founder of Sundance Harvest Farm — a nurturing love of the land and a drive to see true equity in agriculture. Sundance Harvest
  • Alecia Golding- Guided Meditation Hike at Fleming Sculpture Forest and Ken Reid Park
  • Patricia Wilson, Diverse Nature Collective the idea that diverse and racialized voices NEED to be heard and supported within the environmental sector to successfully move towards meaningful change and protection of our natural assets.

After reviewing, watching, researching, and learning from the film festival, I listened to my friend and founder of Peterborough’s Community Medicine Garden, Kelly McDowell, on “Blacks back to nature” and “naturing” the soil. It was then that Peterborough/Nogojiwanong Urban Farm became a reality.

This small community farm is an intergenerational collective that will use farming methods to grow/ harvest organic produce. It’s an opportunity as a collective:

  • To learn and pass on gardening knowledge & skills from past generations.
  • To create an opportunity for individuals to appreciate where their food comes from and how it grows.
  • To encourage and restore the connection between land and community.
  • To address the issue of food insecurity in the community by providing the proceeds of the harvest of farm fresh goods to those in need.
  • To celebrate the harvest with others in the community and so create a focal point for community building.
  • To encourage urban biodiversity by promoting community gardens in private and public spaces.

YOUR INVITATION TO THE LAUNCH

of the Ptbo/Nogo Urban Farm – Konbit

on

  • Saturday, May 14th
    • 10:30am to 3:00pm
  • Christ Lutheran Church
    • 463 Highland Road

This urban farm is also called ‘Konbit’ pronounced ‘cone-beet.’ The name has origins in West Africa and is used in the Creole language. Konbit is a virtue deeply embedded in many indigenous cultures that implies ‘coming together for the public commons or communal good.’

Saturday, May 14th will launch this community garden in an atmosphere of music, food, and working collectively to connect with the land. This will be a family-friendly event, with something for everyone, young to old, children crafts, the chance to take home pollinator plants, and more. Peterborough musician Benj Rowland, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will also be performing at this Konbit. He will be highlighting songs from his latest album, launched in March 2022, “Community Garden.” It is a collection of songs that speak to small town Ontario and tells stories about the life of an independent Canadian musician.

Please join us on Saturday May 14th. Get your free Eventbrite ticket, here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/peterboroughnogojiwanong-konbit-community-garden-launch-tickets-334696655707
Or email us at ptbonogofarm@gmail.com.

Charmaine Magumbe, Member of the Ptbo/Nogo Urban Farm, is a Jamaican-born, Zimbabwean Canadian, business owner of Zingha, mother of five and grandmother of three and a leading voice in Race Relations in Peterborough. She was named the Woman of Influence in Peterborough for 2020 and received the 2017 YMCA Peace Medal.

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