Natasha Bowens

The Color of Food
Natasha Bowens

Natasha Bowens is an author, grower, and community activist who helps build empowerment and community through food and storytelling. Foreword Review called her book, The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming (New Society Publishers 2015), “a trailblazing look at the past and present of North American farming” through the eyes of farmers of color. Natasha spent the past five years gathering stories and portraits of farmers and food activists from Black, Latina, Asian and Native communities across the country. These stories invite us to dig deeper into race, culture and community. Natasha started The Color of Food in 2010 after exploring race and agriculture on her blog Brown.Girl.Farming. and in a column for Grist magazine. Her work has now garnered national attention such as The Atlantic, Mother Earth News, VICE, YES! Magazine and NPR. She has shared her work across the country from Purdue, Tuskegee and Harvard to the National Organic Farming Association and the USDA. She currently resides in Western Maryland with her husband where she runs community gardens and gardening/culinary programs in the public housing community. thecolorofood.org