Grief and Celebration: On the Traumatic Histories and Beauty of Growth in Soil
Camille T. Dungy on the Emergence Magazine Podcast
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In this essay, Camille T. Dungy reflects on the journey of seeds, how much of what we plant in our gardens was brought to our soils during the slave trade, and the legacy of trauma and triumph that lies within our food. Planting food, she contends, even in contaminated soils, becomes both an acknowledgment of grief and a celebration of the beauty of growing.