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Zoe Hollomon

Zoe Hollomon

Minnesota Updates: August 2023

Hey all! Zoe and the PAN Minnesota Team here. Our summers are so busy and it’s always a great time to lift up projects with our partners in MN.

Toxic Taters Coalition Coordinator, Tanya Redroad, and I just had the first of a new Zoom interview series called Food, Land & Environmental Justice, Stories from the Field. Check out what Tanya and her team are doing this summer.  To see the interview, follow this link.

Midwest Farmers of Color Collective (MFCC) had an amazing Seed Symposium for Juneteenth (June 17) at Oak Park Center in North Minneapolis with over 60 farmers and gardeners attending. Seed sovereignty or seed justice is a critical world-wide movement of farmers and culture keepers.  This movement embraces the wisdom and traditions of traditional and Indigenous food ways that sustained life long before GMOs and industrial scale farming came into existence.


The Seed Symposium started with a historical reflection led by Eco Activist Jim Embry on Juneteenth and the black farmers who fought against the confederacy in the Civil War.  We acknowledged valuable agricultural practices promoted by George Washington Carver and models of regional seed solidarity networks in Kenya. Bonnetta Adeeb and Nate Kleinman from the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance and Ujamaa Seeds, then led participants in seed story-sharing.

One farmer shared a story of a long lost heirloom cherry variety from his home town in Colombia. Tree seedlings were discovered that had grown from seeds trapped in the rubble from century old earthen buildings, returning a long-lost fruit to his community.  Bonneta shared the story of her family’s watermelon farm in Mississippi.  It  became a very successful business, despite the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in the town.  And, an urban farmer from the Rondo community in St. Paul told the story of a 2000 year-old Palestinian watermelon variety that they grow that is resistant to drought.

The day concluded with a workshop that focused on foods and seeds that have been saved and brought back to disconnected communities by seed keepers preserving them in various networks around the world.   We learned about navigating the US National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS), an online database of seeds, which includes plant materials that have been collected from around the world.  And,  we ended the day with seed swapping, hugs, and a tour of MFCCs new Seed library space.


The Seed Symposium was a powerful event.  We talked about cultural foods that were important to each of us and how it can be hard to find them in seed company offerings.  We shared our feelings of loss that come from being disconnected from the foods and medicines of our ancestors and affirmed the power and healing gained when we reconnect with our histories and each other.  We learned that, as we look for the answers to the looming health, environmental and ecological crises, the solutions in agroecology and permaculture, of sequestering carbon through growing plants, have been there within the cultures of our communities all along.

Be well,

Zoe Hollomon, Organizing Co-Director, Minnesota

PAN is looking for a Communications Director

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is seeking a passionate, pragmatic, and innovative Communications Director. We’re looking for someone deeply rooted in the discipline of strategic communications for social change, who has a flair for crafting compelling narratives to mobilize target audiences, and is well-versed in online organizing best practices.

The Communications Director supervises and collaborates closely with a small and mighty team that includes the Communications Manager and Digital Production Manager. They are responsible for cultivating the organizational “voice,” developing message platforms, and ensuring consistency across all branded materials and channels. The Communication Director oversees the creation and implementation of digital engagement and online fundraising strategies, and collaborates with staff across the organization as part of the program leadership team.

Our work toward health and justice in food and farming systems is for the long haul, and we hope you’ll join us. For a full job description and application process, please visit: https://www.panna.org/job-listing/communications-director-2/

Look for PAN on social media

Perhaps you have already noticed if you are on some of the various social media platforms, but PAN has been producing more original content that combines excellent artwork by our Communications Team. One of our recent efforts has a specific relevance to the Upper Midwest.

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We encourage you to like and share these images to reach a wider audience so we can be louder when we speak about things that matter to us all. We can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Zoe Hollomon

Zoe Hollomon

Zoe Hollomon grew up in Buffalo, NY and comes from a long line of powerful women and freedom fighters. She is an organizer with over 18 years of experience in Food and Environmental Justice organizing and community-based planning and policy, working with communities across New York State and Minnesota. In 2017 she helped start the Twin Cities Good Food Purchasing Policy Coalition, and co-founded the Midwest Farmers of Color Collective in early 2020. Zoe received her B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 2001 and her M.S. in Community Economic Development in 2007. She brings her organizing experience and networks with youth, farmers of color, labor, and urban and rural communities to her work with PAN. Zoe lives in Minneapolis and is a coop partner of Rootsprings, a Farm & Retreat Center for BIPOC/ LGBT health & healing.

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