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Black homesteaders in southern Arizona look to the land for ancestral connection, independence

Tucson writer Adiba Nelson is always looking for stories. So when she saw two different Instagram accounts devoted to documenting the lives and work of Black farmers and ranchers in southern Arizona, she knew she was onto something.

And for her, it was personal. Having grown up in New York City, Nelson has recently been feeling a pull back to the land, much like the Black farmers she profiled.

Her article, “ Our Roots Are in the Roots” appeared this fall in BorderLore, a monthly online journal based at the University of Arizona that documents folklife in the borderlands region.

The Show spoke with her to learn about the farming lifestyle and her connection to it.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.