Soil: The Blog 


"Food connects us, art tells the story of these connections"

Black Soil: Our Better Nature is pleased to share our platform with local change agents leveraging the land to unite, feed and sustain their communities.

We turn Soil: the Blog over to Marley Johnson, our Community Photographer in Resident to share a new initiative inspired by our mission of reconnecting Black Kentuckians to their heritage and legacy in agriculture. Join us in supporting this endeavor.

(TSCxM) = The Sunny Collection x Misguided

Fishing to Feed 🎣

by Marley Johnson, Community Photographer in Resident

The last few months in 2020 has revealed many truths. Some that we were already aware of and some that might come shocking to others. Nevertheless, this is the time that WE must remember love is the answer to all this madness. If you’re like me, having a BIG heart sometimes feels as if it will be the death of me. I always find myself wanting to save everyone that I can, helping as much as possible, be a voice to those without a voice and etc.

Since meeting Marley Carter, late 2018, we’ve both expressed how important it is to get involved within our communities. Jay Kristoff once said “An avalanche starts with one pebble. A forest with one seed. And it takes one word to make the whole world stop and listen. All you need is the right one.” We might not have the resources or reach to save the world. However, if we can make even the SMALLEST change in the place we call home - that’s a start.

As of June (TSCxM) = The Sunny Collection x Misguided is committed and dedicated to - donating, providing, serving, educating, feeding, teaching, the people within our community.

When Misguided was founded in late 2018, the foundation was built off the love for music. The music will always be here, but there’s more to our lifestyle than music. Misguided is a lifestyle full of culture ranging from - music, art, culinary, fashion, philanthropy, agriculture, social activism, financial literacy, and visual art. All with the hopes of growing and expanding more. As we continue to build we couldn’t help but notice that our platform began to grow. (TSCxM) is committed to using our platform to uplift and serve our community in any way that we can.

Starting July 26th, 2020, (TSCxM) will be feeding those in our communities in need of a home cooked Sunday dinner. Founder of The Sunny Collection, Marley Carter is recruiting 10 - 15 young men who are available the last Saturday of each month to reel in enough fish to prepare 100 meals (goal). For anyone wanting to volunteer their time but is without a permit, please email - your first and last name, age, phone number, any fishing experience.

All fish will be gutted/cleaned and prepared at Food Chain, 501 W 6th St #105, Lexington, KY 40508. Any donations can be dropped off at this location as well between the hours of : and :

We are reaching out to local chefs/restaurants seeking a donation of a side OR discounted price to purchase a side large enough to prepare 100 meals. Any chef/restaurant donating any side(s) to Fishing to Feed, please email your logo + social media handles to for recognition of your support and social media promotion.


Fish Dinner includes two (2) sides + bottled water

Option A: fish + 2 sides / Option B: fish + 2 vegan sides / Option C: 3 sides

Location Breakdown:

  1. 25 meals downtown Lexington - Courthouse area/Alfalfa

  2. 3 meals to 5 single mothers (=15 meals) - must email W/ name, address and phone number

  3. 15 meals to medical workers at hospitals

  4. 15 meals to The Hope Center

  5. 15 meals to the Arbor Youth Center

  6. 15 meals to our elders in the community - must email w/ name, address and phone number

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"If you really wanna know something, learn how to grow somethin'!"

-Farmer Brown tha MC

This quote has become the battle cry of nearly 5 years of community focused urban agriculture programs and initiatives led by Farmer Brown tha MC. Free presented programming including: Fresh Op Urban Gardening Workshop, Hood2Farm and Basics4Young Bosses offer year round, holistic approaches to breaking down systems including farming, urban agriculture and financial literacy.

This foundation has led to Farmer Brown and Friends to present: Grow Hard Garden Challenge presented by Fayette County Conservation District. FREE Registration opens next Monday, May 18 and closes on Monday, May 25 or until the challenge reaches its capacity of 50 youth participants. Learn more about the Grow Hard Garden Challenge and sign up here.

Are you curious about growing your own? Looking to make that thumb a little more green?

Don't miss this series of education videos on diverse growing methods and techniques as a part of Fresh Op Urban Gardening Workshop.

Week 1: Peat Moss Pods Seeding Activity

Week 2: Potting Activity

Week 3: Tiling Up Backyard Garden Bed

Week 4: Watering

Week 5: Container Garden Activity

Looking for new titles to add to your library? Shop books written and illustrated by Farmer Brown aka Trevor Claiborn. Did you know he has authored over 9 books? Shop great titles like, Pudgies: First Foods or Grow Harder. Click here to start shopping!

Advancing the Work

Support the ongoing work of Farmer Brown tha C via a tax deductible donation to The Black Soil Charitable Fund held at the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center:



Send friends and family with The Black Soil Charitable Fund 


Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center

300 E. Third St. 

Lexington, KY 40508

Memo on check: Black Soil Charitable Fund

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Dear mama

Don't you know I love you?

Dear mama

Place no one above you

(Dear mama) Oh mama, I appreciate you

Although my shadow's gone

I will never leave you

"Dear Mama", Tupac Shakur

Happy Mother's Day!

On this special day designed to celebrate maternal figures and caregivers- physical and spiritual, Black Soil: Our Better Nature salutes the Mothers of the Land in our network of Kentucky based farmers, culinary artists, vendors and artists. Their nurturing and enduring love, strength and faith are the pillars of our collective. We see you, we support you, and we love you!

Please take action in supporting these strong, black Kentucky women as they uniquely serve our communities. Join us celebrating the Mothers of the Land:

  • Ballew Estates/The Floating Lotus Doula Services, Madison Co., Tiffany Bellfield El-Amin (herbal loose teas, annual Women's Retreat, pollinators conservation, doula services) (859) 684-9138

  • BaKed, Fayette Co., Ejaun Dingle (vegan baked goods) (859) 213-9756

  • BoAndie, Fayette Co., Andrea James (Healthy Grooming Skin Care Products & Between Bars Themed Greeting Cards and Jewelry)

  • Cleav's Family Market, LaRue Co., Debra Dorsey-Jones (seasonal vegetable and local meat CSAs) (270) 307-9227

  • Elisa Woods, (seasonal vegetables) (270) 202-1130

  • From the Heart Catering, Fayette Co., Angelia Drake (heart healthy soul food, weekly meal prep plans, private catering and special events) (859) 552-4451

  • Louisville Community Grocery, Jefferson Co., Cassia Herron (community drive co-operative grocery)

  • Miller's Farm/Hutchinson Produce, Lincoln & Wayne Cos., Susan Miller (seasonal vegetables, CSAs, canned seasonal vegetables) (606) 669-4759

  • Russellville Urban Gardening Project, Logan Co., Dr. Nancy Dawson (urban gardening/agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, Friends of Cherokee State Historic Park) (270) 847-8726

  • S'Hemply Made, Fayette Co., Sasha Johnson (hemp seed oil body products) (859) 433-0586

  • SlakMarket Farm, Fayette Co., Kenya Abraham (raw milk herd share, USDA halal/kosher meat, seasonal vegetables, eggs) (859) 397-0908

  • Stoner View Farm Bed & Breakfast, Bourbon Co., Carmella Conner (fresh farm eggs, on site AirBnB Bed & Breakfast) (502) 320-1334

  • Sowful Blessings, Fayette Co., Jitana Benton-Lee (herb derived spices, savory rice mixes, seasonings, flour mixes) (859) 619-5120

  • Taco Queen Catering, Madison Co. Chef Indgeo (vegan cuisine, tacos/street food, private catering and special events) (463) 203- 3497

  • The Lexington Bean Pie, Fayette Co. Sherrie Muhammad (traditional Muslim navy bean pies) (859) 519-7884

  • The Next Door Mobile Market, Jefferson Co., Megan Bell (mobile grocery featuring local products, seasonal produce and more) (502) 802-5324

  • Turley Family Farm, Powell Co., Dr. Alicestyne Turley (retreats, events)

  • Woke Junk Food Vegan, Fayette Co. Anetra Polk (vegan cuisine, vegan comfort/junk food, private catering and special events) (859) 552-2444

Special thanks to our creative team: Ariana Shelton, InkedUpAri and Marley Johnson Photography

Blog Contact:

Ashley C. Smith, Black Soil co-founder, COO


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We're glad you're here for the Black Soil experience! These year-round events include Farm Tours, Farm to Table Dinners and Off-Season Workshops where you are connected Kentucky's black farmers/growers/producers. Black Soil events allow attendees to celebrate and educate themselves on the narratives, experience, and expertise of our partner black farmers.

Representing 1.4% of the primary farm operators in the state, black farmers account for less than 600 of the more than 76,000 agricultural operations in Kentucky.

The mission of Black Soil: Our Better Nature is to reconnect black Kentuckians to their legacy and heritage in agriculture.

By bringing together urban families with rural and urban-based black farmers/growers/producers across the state, we help introduce opportunities in agriculture that promote self-sufficiency, encourage healthy living, and activate cooperative economics.

Our vision is to help foster a greater market share for black farmers and producers as they provide healthy food options to a larger consumer base.


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