“The Akan people of West Africa regard Asase Yaa as Mother Earth, the earth goddess of fertility and the upholder of truth.” Time Magazine
Most of us BIPOC folks in the United States do not know our true ancestry. Our ancestors were taken from their homelands and brought to lands to steward it for the colonizers. This country was built on stolen labor, and before that, on stolen land. The indigenous folks of the Americas have also been stripped of their culture and their land was stolen and she too, was stripped of all ancestry.
Colonization is the source of Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks amnesia when it comes to our culture and practices, and Asase Yaa – the farming aspect of The Building Bridges – focuses on opening the hearts of BIPOC beings in the community and reminding them of who they are.
From traditional West African and Indigenous forms of farming, to sacred rituals, dancing, and singing, to open conversations about generational trauma and pain around being a person of color, to nourishing, local, fresh and traditional foods, to a CSA farm share that feeds families in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts where Building Bridges is located; we hope to attract QTBIPOC people from all over the country to come, learn, farm, connect with other people of color and immerse themselves in the world of food, land, racial, and environmental sovereignty so that we may come together to honor, love, and care for each other and for our one universal Mother – Earth or Asase Yaa.