"I am here to bring people to their mothers;
either by helping them connect with the earth or by telling them my story."
--- Amber Tamm Canty
Amber Tamm Canty is a a young, black, women farmer and a nature based educator from Brooklyn, NY. Her work is to guide communities near and far, especially low income and communities of color, to grow food, empower the youth through direct engagement with the earth and to create plant based communities. She has spent the last 2 years farming all over the US learning permaculture, the cannabis industry, sustainability, ethnobotany, agriculture and lastly how to liberate herself from the earth.
As a young girl in Brooklyn, Amber always craved more nature in her life. As she grew up she never found any opportunities to be in nature and was lost as to how to find ways as her family had been in the concrete jungle for generations. But 4 years ago, her father murdered her mother which resulted in her spending time in silence, she spent 2 months not talking. Towards the end of the 2nd month, she finally went outside and bought $1000 worth of plants at the flower district in Manhattan,NY. It was at this very moment that she found her voice, her passion + her future. It was then that she declared that she would not spend her life in an office setting, surrounded by 4 walls but instead immersed in nature. It was then she knew momma earth would always guide + support her. Amber's life is a testament of the strong, healing power of mother earth.
Amber has recently moved back to NYC and has been hosting guided earth based meditations at Earth Arts Center in Brooklyn. Besides her earth works, Amber currently works as a pastry chef in Brooklyn, brews kombucha in New Paltz, NY, hosts American Sign Language Tours at The Whitney Museum of Art and helps businesses become more green + sustainable.
My Guiding Principles:
Through the soil we get to the soul – When our intention is to heal the earth, in turn the earth heals us.
Interdisciplinary learning is powerful. - Through interdisciplnary learning I will facilitate all my work shops on farming, food, art & healing and how they thrive because of each other.
The real revolution is in land, the real revolution is food - When land is secured, food is secured. Both are needed in order for future generations to thrive.
The youth need to see more young farmers in the flesh - The youth need to know that farmers are important and being a farmer is just as influential as any other job. Through young farmer visability we can inspire and give the youth the knowledge to grow food & live in tune with the earth.
Healing & inspiration can be ignited in people through hearing my story -My life is filled with un-lineaer successes. Because of the pathway I had to take to get into farming, I have gained success in a way that is not similar to my peers. I am here to share my story, to inpsire people to heal with the earth, and to show that happiness is attainable.