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Black to the Land

A Black urban girl reclaims ancestral gardening. WORDS Rehani Tapp | IMAGES Ronke L. Tapp . If something was stolen from you, you would want it back, right? Well, I am a Black urban teen who gardens with her family, and one thing that I’ve realized is that when Africans were stolen from the land

Biocultural Features of Urban Gardens and Yards Enhance Place-making and Belonging in South African Townships

by Duncan Haynes, Michelle Cocks, and Charlie Shackleton . . South African cities and towns continue to reflect legacies of colonialism and apartheid, during which urban black Africans were restricted to living in designated areas, locally termed “townships.” Generally, townships were poorly serviced, with a high proportion of informal structures, backyard dwellers, and widespread poverty.