Combatting Food Apartheid and Racial and Social Injustices

We’re so excited to highlight the work of Soil Sisters! Repair the World Pittsburgh is so grateful to partner with them. 

We’ve served the community in four ways, one being through seedling production that we take pride in selecting varieties that are heirloom and organic. We focus on healthy root establishment and strong stems with full leaves. We host an annual free garden supply giveaway and low fee agriculture based camp for youth ages 6-13. We also offer workshops to share our knowledge and experience gardening. This work is important to us because we are not just amongst the community of food apartheid and racial and social injustices we live and experience it personally. So we know first hand what it is like to lack. We also know what it is like to create and we have gained the skills and knowledge to produce and since we have not left and do not plan to leave, we choose to teach how to access food through growing it. We are compelled to do this work because of how many people who are affected by the access to food look like us. And will continue to look like us if nothing changes. Black representation matters.

By Raynise Kelly, owner of Soil Sisters

Donations to Support Soil Sisters’ work can be made here: Venmo- @Soilsisterspgh, Cashapp-$Soilsisters, to mail in: 835 Gearing Avenue, Pittsburgh Pa 15210. 

About the Series

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.