Dr. Gail Myers is an Agri-Cultural Anthropologist born and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. For the last twenty years, she has researched, lectured, written about and recently filmed stories of African American farmers, sharecroppers, and gardeners. In 2001, as a doctoral student at The Ohio State University, Gail Myers organized the first statewide conference in Ohio, “Sustaining Communities: Ohio’s Black Farmers at the Crossroads.”
In 2002, she received a doctorate from The Ohio State University in Cultural Anthropology. Two years later, in 2004, Dr. Myers co-founded Farms to Grow, Inc. to work with Black farmers locally and nationally. Farms to Grow, Inc. initiated the Freedom Farmers Market in Oakland, CA in 2013 as a venue for Black farmers and food entrepreneurs.
Dr. Myers is co-author of the “Roots” chapter in Food First’s soon to be released Land Justice: Re-Imagining Land, Food, and the Commons book. The “Roots” chapter highlights the similarities in agrarian traditions practiced today by the Gullah Geechee communities in the United States and agrarian traditions today in Western Africa.
The Root Magazine (April 24, 2015) featured Dr. Myers as one of seven urban farmers to know.
Dr. Myers educates communities about the rich historical traditions of Black farmers’ material culture and traditional food ways. Myers continues a wide spectrum of grass roots organizing and coalition building through her work with Farms to Grow, Inc. Her upcoming documentary/multi-media project, “Rhythms of the Land”, is currently in post-production. www.rhythmsoftheland.com.
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