My name is JaSon (Jah-Son) Auguste. I am one of the founding members and Farm Directors of Frontline Farming, a farmer advocacy and food justice organization based in Denver, CO. For the past four years, I have worked to implement regenerative land practices and techniques focused on a bio-intensive model into my growing techniques, and uplift farmers’ roles as soil stewards, earth-workers and community advocates. As part of my duties as Farm Director, I also coordinate our education curriculum and herbalism team. I play a key role in crafting the face of the organization as well, serving as graphic designer and internal operating systems architect. My artwork and digital representation of our work at Frontline is a reflection of the organization’s own black arts, culture and history. It is a passion of mine to be involved with the planning and setting of policy that positivity affects farms and the food system. For this reason, I also sit on the Jeffco Food Policy Council for Jefferson County, Colorado.
In addition to farming, I am an artist who has focused on visual and graphic arts for the majority of my professional career as Director of JA Creative Services and Founder of Wadada Arts Foundation. As an artist, I strive to make my work interactive by using multiple art forms and incorporating technology with mixed media. I am moved by the remembrance of a time when people tapped into different realms to heal bodies, minds and souls. By peering through the veil to the unseen, I incorporate colors, movements, and ancient symbols with modern meanings as well as modern cybertech to see the unseen. My work has been shown at countless exhibitions throughout New York City, from Brooklyn’s Restoration Plaza & Brooklyn Law School, to the Museum of the City of New York, to El Museo del Barrio, as well as in solo and group shows in Harlem. I was highlighted at the Newark International Airport in 2018 and more recently, in December 2018, I was part of the Harlem Arts Alliance artist showcase as well as a private showing with the #ArtofSoul during Art Basel, Miami in 2018 and 2019.
I use my visual perspective and inclination to nature and the environment to help shape and form the way I leave and serve the planet both through farming and creating art to share with the world. It is with this perspective that I am able to honor the land, our communities and one another as farmers and living beings during the growing season and life in general. Thank you for letting me serve you and all members of the National Young Farmers Coalition.