Jìgìjìgì kò s̩éé fà tu

“A firmly rooted plant cannot be uprooted.”
Yorùbá òwe (proverb)

Jìgìjìgì is an Afrikan-Centered Podcast that seeks to encourage other Afrikans to learn more about growing plants, food, soil, and their soul. We want to get our hands and minds dirty detailing the Afrikan relationship with the soil. We continually ask and answer the question, “How did you grow while you grew tomatoes, peppers, kale, and melons?”

Building healthy soil builds a healthy soul and we share stories on how to do both.

Expect episodes to contain wisdom, tips, and actionable advice from Afrikan Agriculturalists for how to improve yields, crop performance, and marketability thereby “blackening” your green-thumb.

A prominent DMV proverb is “There is no culture without Agriculture.” We find that to be very true here at Jìgìjìgì.


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Episodes and Articles

Jìgìjìgì EP017 – EsoTerracisms: Beekeeping

EsoTerracisms: Beekeeping – JP017 We travel to the beginning of time to learn about Keeping the Tears of Ra (Beekeeping), while reflecting on our own experiences with keeping bees in college. Works ReferencedTears of Re – Gene KritskyJìgìjìgì EP 006 – Compost 457: Dave Hunter on Native BeesSmoke Conditions Affect the Release of the Venom Droplet…

Jìgìjìgì EP016 – Farmer Gigi

Farmer Gigi – JP016 Farmer Gigi is an urban no-till farmer in Old Town Gaithersburg, MD. We discuss her lifelong journey of having her hands in and out of the soil, harlequin beetles and bugs, no-till tools, and her experience running farmers markets! Enjoy! Works Referenced:Montgomery County Land LinkJ.M. Fortier’s Youtube Interview with Michael Carter…

Jìgìjìgì EP015 – EsoTerracisms: Nu Healing Arts

Esoterracisms : Nu Healing Arts – JP015 We are pleased, proud, and excited to share a very different type of interview today with Geo of Nu Healing Arts. Very quickly we get into the hidden side of garden, feeling and getting felt by plants, the soil, and all sorts of hardly quantifiable connections that we…

Jìgìjìgì EP014 – Mosadi

Mosadi – JP014 In this episode we interview Mosadi, founder of Rooted and Sustained, LLC. We originally met at the Black Urban Growers Panel in DC in 2018. He was the first person I mentioned this podcast to, and now we are extremely proud to be able to present his wisdom to you! Before you…

Jìgìjìgì EP013 – Mandela

Mandela and I spent the last season growing food and brotherhood. We discuss his background and why he thinks the healthiest soils are black.

Jìgìjìgì EP012 – Harvest

We’ve pulled up everything from Nu Ray Research Garden and now we reflect on our Harvest. We share our chief lesson from this past Summer.

Jìgìjìgì EP011 – Shrooms? In My Yard??

Shrooms? In My Yard?? JP011 Today’s episode is a short primer on Mushrooms and Fungi as it relates to gardening and agriculture. This episode is designed the get you familiar with some initial terminology, a conceptual primer, so to speak. By the end you should have an appreciation for our fungal friends and with your…

Jìgìjìgì EP010 – EsoTerracisms: Weeds?

Our EsoTerracisms series is about showing some hidden aspects of the soil and less talked about agriculture practices. Today we discuss weeds, when they are, and why they aren’t, a nuisance.

Jìgìjìgì EP 009 – Agribusiness: Growing Money on Trees II

Our second installment of our Agribusiness Series focuses on the concept of the Value-Add. Which raw fruits and vegetables can you add value to? Can you turn basil into pesto? Peppers into Hot Sauce? Tune in for more ideas behind this lucrative concept!

Jìgìjìgì EP 007 – Fermentations

Fermentations. What do you ferment? Why would you do this? How do you do this? All these and more answered in JP007 Fermentations.

Jìgìjìgì EP 006 – Compost

A small step into the history of composts, why you should, why you shouldn’t, how it could work, and how it couldn’t. This episode is the real beginning of our philosophical journey :]

visit https://olona.de/jp006 for all the show notes!

Jìgìjìgì EP 005 – Philosophical Background

We lay out our background and foundational positions we occupy as we cultivate the soil. Some of this episode is prepared and some of it is divined.

Be sure to visit https://olona.de/jp005 for all the details :]

Jìgìjìgì EP004 – Fungus Gnats

We sat down to eat a chickpea burger. We left having controlled the fungus gnat population!

Visit https://olona.de/jp004 for more info :]

Jìgìjìgì EP002 – Resources

This episode provides resources that we have found useful to our understanding of plants, soils, and agriculture.

Visit https://olona.de/jp002/ for the full list 🙂