Bringing the past to the present for the future
The Haki Farmers Collective was founded by Mercy Kakutani-McGee and her daughter Elisa as a continuation of the work started by elders who called the valleys of Kandara, Kenya home.
Here in Coast Salish territories they continue to build alongside those who also cherish their ancestral foodways as the place to heal the wounds of colonial displacement that has impacted our bodies, cultures and our Earth.
Haki Farmers Collective members believe the need to find our roots, examine and use our nearly erased traditional practices, and disseminate this knowledge is an urgent mission to care for our bodies, souls, and especially our planet. Haki means Justice in Swahili—a widely spoken language in Africa. Haki Farmers collective seeks to bolster and reincorporate traditional and inherently sustainable farming knowledge that is present in our migrant and indigenous communities.
After a fruitful summer in which the farm and farmers grew in every way, Haki welcomes new supporters, volunteers, donors, and participants. A Board made up of of those who are dedicated to land stewardship and redistribution, food justice and sovereignty, climate justice and increasing generational wealth for Black and Brown people of South Sound will guide the collective into a new season of 2023.