ANCESTRAL ACRES FARM & GARDEN
We are excited to announce that we are pursuing our first-ever farming adventure as Ancestral Acres Farm and Garden in a loving relationship with our newest collective member and land steward, Mayam!
Through their leadership and in conversation with Tiwa relatives, we hope to grow food with our Queer and Trans community that is centered around QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) joy, liberation, healing, and play!
It is our goal and fervent hope to bring food to our community here in Tiwa Territory (so-called Albuquerque).
After an incredibly painful year, being in a relationship with Indigenous land, spirit, community, water, and animals feels like exactly where we need to be, putting our hurt in the dirt and growing what our people need to thrive from it.
We also believe that being in a relationship with our seeds is of major importance to what Ancestral Acres does in trying to reconnect and meaningfully hold space as guests on Tiwa lands. Not only do we want to save the majority of the seeds grown, but also redistribute to our community kin, and within 5 years see the fruition of intentionally building towards food sovereignty for our communities, seeing our community resiliency, and self-determination of what is grown.
Food scarcity is prevalent within every city in the U.S. and after a national economic crisis and global pandemic, existing needs have been exacerbated by unforeseen circumstances. We believe one of the sources of our disconnect between food sovereignty and scarcity is a general lack of connection and/or community members seeing themselves as part of the land, and by greater extension, part of this natural world. A huge part of this is disconnection comes from not only being disconnected from our personal histories but also our disconnection with Indigenous lands and relatives.
We seek to be in kinship with our living earth through Ancestral Acres Farm, seeking to see and honor the land as a bridge, and connection point towards working through the tribal, environmental, resource, and community issues we face as guests on stolen Tiwa land. With the foods and plants grown on a quarter acre of land, stewarded by Queer and Trans kin, we aim to provide free products and medicines to community members in need of ongoing mutual aid support in Albuquerque, NM.
This project has been years of reflection, learning, and embodied practice through Mayam’s personal experience as a Black farmer who has experience caring for lands around the country. Tangibly, Mayam will be stewarding a quarter acre of land with Queer and Trans community-based in New Mexico, and with Indigenous land stewards based in Albuquerque.
Through stewardship, listening, growing food, and kinship, Mayam believes this project will usher in relationships of understanding and humility when it comes to how we navigate the world in the age of the Anthropocene. When we are in communion with the land, there is room to physically and intentionally learn and grow.
With our project and the physical space it provides, we will create a container that allows for many folks to reflect on their relationship to Tiwa land as guests, to ourselves, and to Pueblo folks who have inhabited and continue to inhabit these spaces today. The problem being solved is not only physically connecting ourselves and rooting ourselves with the land, but addressing the disconnect we experience within ourselves and questioning why that exists.
Our goal is to change our relationship with ourselves and how we relate geographically and internally. Additionally, we will aim to provide a blueprint for our community to learn how to show up as guest land stewards on stolen lands, and provide an avenue of needed food resources to our neighbors.
We hope that folks will not only feel inspired, but also educated, and reflective on what we grow and how we’ve grown it. Our goal is growing food, plants, medicine with one another, but we are also cultivating and growing a relationship to ourselves and the spaces we inhabit.