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Sankofa Gardening Homes: Getting ready for Good Friday

Clarence Glover | 3/19/2018, 11:56 a.m.
This month, we will we reflect on our ABA – or Africans Who Built America – ancestors who broke the ...
Professor Freedom and neighbor Nigel Cole prepare for Good Friday planting by reading The Farmer’s Almanac before mixing organic soil and organic humus manure. Sankofa Home Garden

The bounding of African American male youth with African American male elders (kin and non-kin) is a critical element in the strengthening of our culture. The time they spend together will ensure that the passage of knowledge from one generation to the next is unbroken and the knowledge of what it means to be an African American man is past on. The same can be said for African American female youth and African American female elders who would spend quality time working together and discussing issues of womanhood.

The time I spent with my elders on the farm, I learned to tell the signs of nature – my observation to determine when it was the proper time to prepare the soil and plant the seeds based on the earth, sun, sky and moon. Not only did they depend on their memories they also used The Old Farmer’s Almanac founded by Robert B. Thomas in 1792. The Farmer’s Almanac would put the information in printed form that could be referenced annually.

Based particularly on the position of the moon many people who determine many thing, what and when to plant, when to cut your hair, when to pull a tooth etc. This information makes us aware how interrelated we are with our natural environment and not separate from it.

To this end one of the most familiar phrase I would hear during this season I would see my elders eagerly preparing the soil and seed to plant before or by Good Friday. They were committed to making sure that would have planted by Good Friday to insure a good harvest.

The Farmer’s Almanac added them in knowing when Good Friday would be in that it is associated with Easter, which falls at different times of the season based on the position of the moon.

While you can buy the Farmer’s Almanac I would like to share with you an Almanac link that will provide you with a regional planting map of the United States and what to plant and when to plant. Note that Texas is in Region 1. Take note of the Gardening by the Moon video at http://www.almanac.com/content/gardening-moon-calendar.

Good Friday planting has been a tradition in the African American culture for many years and other cultures as well. As I mentioned in an earlier article, as we become more urban we must work at returning to our rural roots by creating our Sankofa Garden Homes.

Good Friday is March 30. Please check the Regional Chart in the link for Southern United States and refer to the crop, planting dates and when the moon is most favorable.

While many of the dates will change, I have come to focus on what my elders and ancestor taught me, “plant by Good Friday.” This tradition may have ensured that while it may not be the exact time of the Moon to plant, it placed it within a certain timeframe to ensure enough time for seeds to germinate and plants to grow.

Just as Good Friday changes from year to year based on the Moon, so does the day of planting. But what doesn’t change is the fact that nature will take its course when we are in tune with it. What we must do is return [Sankofa] and fetch the lessons of our ABA ancestors and Elders and reconnect to nature.

Remember we left nature, nature has never left us.

Until next month,

Good Sankofa Gardening!

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