ABOUT

Interlocking Roots logo depicting the silhouettes of trees over a yellow sunflower sky, and showing the roots going into teal grass and a subheadline that says queer trans black indigenous people of color network gathering

A QT*BIPoC Network of Farmers, Foodies & Earth Stewards

What would food justice look like if we achieved collective liberation for Queer and Trans* Black and Indigenous People of Color (QT*BIPoC)? Interlocking Roots is a network of QT*BIPoC farmers, foodies, and earth stewards. We center food and earthwork as decolonization tools to combat isolation, trauma, and accountability within our movement, community, and work spaces. We connect with one another, share lessons, affirm queer and trans* identities through our plant ancestor and life stories, talk about queer ecology, strategize and eat together! We honor our multifaceted strategies for liberation as sacred rituals that will transcend volatile political times and nourish our collective spirit.

Interlocking Roots formed in Fall 2017 lead up to the 2018 Allied Media Conference in Detroit for our first Network Gathering June 14, 2018 – where over 50 beautiful QT*BIPoC earth lovers filled the room.

Through gatherings, we co-create physical spaces for fellow QT*BIPoC to connect, play, affirm queer and trans identities through our own and our plant ancestor stories, talk about queer ecology, strategize and eat together.

We also curate digital platforms (follow-us on Instagram @interlockingroots) and are developing a podcast, along with a digital resource sharing platform to offer spaces for our widespread Interlocking Roots community to connect, see themselves reflected, and share and receive affirmations from one another.

Podcast:

As a part of Interlocking Roots, we hope to create more platforms for folks to connect, share stories, and support one another. We are currently developing a podcast for and by QT*BIPOC farmers, foodies and earth workers. This gathering will also serve as a space for us to begin collecting their stories for our upcoming podcast. For more on the Podcast, see here.

Who We Are:

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Coordinators of this network gathering are Ashleigh Eubanks, Cris Izaguirre, Kumari giles, Amara Ullauri, Audrey Kuo, and Ceci Pineda (pictured top left to right then bottom left to right).

We are a group of Queer Trans* Black Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPoC) who understand food and land work as a pathway to organizing and doing anti-oppression work. We are farmers, chefs, composters, food/climate/earth justice organizers and educators, and foodies. We are using our network gathering as a space to collect stories from QTBIPoC doing food and land work in order to fight isolation and build collective power. We will engage in the various ways our relationships with food, whether its through farming, cooking, organizing etc., serve as sites of resistance that sustain our communities and movements. Our network gathering will be a chill space for fellow QTBIPoC to connect, affirm queer and trans identities through our own and our plant ancestor stories, talk about queer ecology, strategize and eat together! We especially want to lift up the voices and experiences of QTBIPoC farmers who often do this work in isolation, disconnected from other QTBIPoC. So this gathering will also serve as a space for us to begin collecting their stories for an upcoming podcast!

 

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