An Introduction to James Baldwin

James Arthur Baldwin (1924 – 1987) was born in Harlem, New York on August 2, 1924 to Emma Berdis Jones, originally from Deal Island, Maryland. He was reared by his mother and stepfather David Baldwin, a Baptist preacher, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, whom Baldwin referred to as his father and whom he described as

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Israel is recruiting Africans to plug its farm work shortage

Thousands of young Malawians are packing their bags for a chance to make serious money in Israel working on farms and orchards. Some 15,000 Palestinian workers recently lost their jobs when they were barred from entering the occupied West Bank.

“If I’m successful going to Israel, I will gain a lot of experience and possibly … Read the rest

Dry Farming in Humboldt

A small region along the Eel River in Humboldt County allows cultivators to grow cannabis without ever watering their plants.

Dry farms are rare in California, but the results people like Chrystal Ortiz of High Water Farm are able to pull off without watering their cannabis plants all summer are pretty amazing. Sure it takes … Read the rest

How University Expansion and Eminent Domain Led to Black Land Loss

In the 1960s, when Newport News, Virginia, remained a largely segregated city, longtime Black residents wanted to expand their neighborhood, offering former farmland as plots to other middle-class families looking to build homes.

The city had other plans. In a deliberate attempt to halt that growth, white city officials selected that same land as the … Read the rest

Rwanda: an AI platform for small holder farmers

A young female student in Rwanda from the University of Rwanda Theofrida Muginga is creating ‘Mkulima GPT,’ a ChatGPT-driven Swahili chatbot. Its mission is to empower smallholder farmers by detecting crop diseases and providing culturally-sensitive agricultural advice.

Named ‘Mkulima GPT,’ this ground-breaking project combines AI and IoT to aid small-scale farmers, especially those with limited … Read the rest

7 Fascinating wooden houses

Wooden homes have been a part of human civilization since
humans first left their cave dwellings. Even though concrete and stone
structures have become a lot more common these days, the market for wooden
homes remains strong. Wooden homes bring their inhabitants closer to nature
even if there are constructed in modernist and minimalist styles. … Read the rest