Tune in to WOL 1450 AM, 95.9 FM, and Tune-in Radio, on April 15, 10:30 am for Everything Co-op, hosted by Vernon Oakes. This week Vernon interviews Dallas Robinson (ey, em, eir / she, her), Communications Director at CoFED, Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive. Vernon and Dallas will discuss building cooperative power amongst youth.
Dallas is a Black farmer and land steward. Dallas is committed to healing Black life in the south through agriculture. As the Enchanter of Engagement, ey are looking forward to connecting and building cooperative power amongst young BIPOC. Dallas was one of 2019’s Racial Justice Fellows at CoFED. Eir fellowship project was a mix of oral history collection and on-farm workshops [at the Harriet Tubman Freedom Farm]. Ey listened to and learned from the stories of farmers and eir rural elders, many of whom are the children of sharecroppers, to bring light to the rich history of eir region as well as inform eir context for growing in Eastern North Carolina. Dallas loves all things cats and mushrooms!
CoFED is a QBPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to meet our communities’ needs through food and land co-ops. The organization is building the leadership of young BIPOC cooperators to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation.