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Ep32: Blain Snipstal on "Battling plantation agriculture today"

Episode summary

Blain Snipstal, former youth advocate for La Via Campesina, has thought a lot about power. In our chat we talk about how Blain sees the legacy of the plantation model of agriculture still lingering today; we discuss how the dialogues and exchanges between peasant farmers can uncover a deep analysis of the food system; and he shares some of his many experiences as a farmer, an activist, and an organizer. We also touch on the power of collaborating across grassroots movements and whose knowledge counts in food debates.

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About Blain Snipstal

Blain Snipstal is the founder, designer and lead builder for Earth-Bound Building. Blain has a long history in farming and land-based organizing both domestic and internationally. Blain is a dedicated craftsman, and member of the Timber Framer's Guild.

Blain is a part of the Black Dirt Farm Collective, which is a regional organizing body providing strategic gatherings and trainings around Black agrarianism, agroecology, political formation, forestry and more throughout the mid-Atlantic.


Related resources

Podcast: The Secret Ingredient - The Peasantry (2016)

Repeasantization, agroecology and the tactics of food sovereignty (Snipstal, 2015)

Video: Blain Snipstal on food sovereignty (2013)

La Via Campesina schools and training


A few Black farms and farm organizations

Black Dirt Farm Collective


Earth Seed Farm

Soul Fire Farm


Related TABLE resources

Explainer: What is food sovereignty? (Carlile, Kessler and Garnett, 2021)

Explainer: What is agroecology? (Carlile and Garnett, 2021)


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