A Conversation with Black Chefs


Matthew Raiford

Join Farms to Grow, Inc on Saturday, April 24, 3–4:30pm for a conversation with Black chefs celebrating African American foodways, cultural preservation of ancestral agriculture and recipes, contributions to America’s supply chain, and barriers.

Panelists include Kevin Mitchell, Jason Wallace, Tia McDonald and the event is moderated by sixth-generation farmer, chef, and author Matthew Raiford, whose collection of heritage and updated recipes, Bress ‘n’ Nyam: Gullah Geechee Recipes from a Sixth-Generation Farmer, is just about to be published. Raiford and his sister Althea Raiford are the sixth-generation owners and operators of Gilliard Farms in Georgia, an organic family farm first established in 1874 by Matthew’s great great great grandfather Jupiter Gilliard, a freed slave. Matthew and Athea owns 30 acres of the 474 acres of the original land.

This event is part of the Ear to the Ground series, a seven-part series of events put on by Oakland-based Farms to Grow, Inc. in an effort to raise funds for the documentary Rhythms of the Land scheduled for release in October 2021.

Sign up here and the Zoom link will arrive in your email on Thursday, 4/22.