In search of freedom, we find ourselves
in Our Mothers' Kitchens.


Our Mission

Using the works of Vertamae Smart-Grosvernor, Ntozake Shange, Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker, Our Mothers’ Kitchens seeks to introduce young women of color to the ways in which these Black female authors intersect food and language as a means of liberation, expression and cultural preservation. Continuing the use of traditions from the African diaspora, where art and life are one, this 3-day culinary and literature workshop takes vital steps towards building optimal health, self-awareness and cultural connection through the ritual and art of cooking and storytelling.

When I cook, I never measure or weight anything; I cook by vibration.
— Vertamae Smart-Grosvener, Vibration Cooking (1970)

Summer 2018 sessions


For young women of color, ages 12 - 17, interested in cooking and creative writing.

  • Learn about the importance of food in black history and culture
  • Share food stories through creative writing activities
  • Learn basic cooking skills, recipes and kitchen hacks
  • Read the works of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker and more

Sankofa Community Farm at          Bartram's Garden
 54th and Lindbergh Ave.

Session 1: Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15
Session 2: Friday, Aug 3-Sunday, Aug 5
10a - 4p

Breakfast and lunch provided

Dress in light, comfortable clothing and
close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle

We will be working outside

Photography provided by Khaliah D. Pitts