Championing Black Permaculture
WE'RE GOING BACK TO OUR ROOTS!
What started as nursing a few beloved house plants has turned into a desire to transform how we eat, how we live and how we interact with the life that surrounds us. Outside In is my family's journey from the ground up. I have a renewed lease on life as I follow in the footsteps of those that came before me. My ancestors, though rarely ever mentioned as such, were naturalists, horticulture experts, and botany prodigies. Thankfully, more and more people are finding their way back to nature. My hope is to inspire and encourage others to find joy and healing in a tradition that is all but lost. We'll share our tips, ideas, recipes and guides to help you ignite your passion for all things green. You'll be with us every step of the way from trash to treasure and seed to stalk. Join a growing community of plant enthusiasts and find new and exciting ways to let the Outside In!
Charisse is a health professional and community organizer. She is also a lifelong advocate of equitable outcomes for children and families in marginalized and oppressed communities. She is inspired by Black homesteaders and gardeners who share her passion.
What is family?
Our family really embodies the word blended. Brian and I both have kids from previous relationships, four of my own, Brian's two sons, and our one together. We are diverse in age, in personality, and in culture. We are a family that embraces challenges head on and we learn a lot from each other as we muddle through. Our resiliency is rooted in our ability to remember what is most important- each other.
For me, The question of What does it mean to be family? is not unlike What does it mean to be community? Much like our family, It's through the blending of ideas, diversity, challenges and creative solutions that we drive change. I envision and work towards building communities that thoughtfully and intentionally prioritize those values.
In conversations that have largely forgotten our shared humanity we must center nurturing and dignity.
An African proverb that I hold dear reminds me to never forget to remember, Ubuntu- I am because we are.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow."
What are you growing? Join the Outside In Community and share with us!