February 2024 Blog Post:   Celebrating Black History Month 365 at Eye Love Plant Lyfe Plant Shop

February 2024 Blog Post: Celebrating Black History Month 365 at Eye Love Plant Lyfe Plant Shop


As February unfolds, we find ourselves in the heart of Black History Month—a time to celebrate the rich tapestry of Black culture, contributions, and resilience. At Eye Love Plant Lyfe, this month holds profound significance, not only because of the history we honor but also the intersectionality that defines my presence in the plant community.

I'm Bryana, the proud founder of Eye Love Plant Lyfe, and as a Black Queer Female navigating a niche-specific industry predominantly occupied by others, I want to dive into the importance of showing up and being a representation in this space.

Plants and Representation: Navigating the Niche

The world of plants, while diverse and inclusive in its essence, often lacks representation when it comes to the individuals who own and operate plant shops. As a Black Queer Female, my journey in this niche industry has been both empowering and challenging. However, I firmly believe in the power of representation, especially when it comes to acknowledging unique experiences and perspectives.

Black History Beyond February

While Black History Month is officially recognized in February, the celebration and acknowledgment of Black history are not limited to just 28 days. Black History is 365, a continuous thread that weaves through every moment of my existence. At Eye Love Plant Lyfe, we honor and celebrate Black history every day, recognizing the contributions, struggles, and triumphs.

Plants as Bridges to Our Ancestors

This month, let's explore the profound connection between plants and our heritage. Our black ancestors, deeply rooted in a history of resilience, ingenuity, and spirituality, used plants for a myriad of purposes. From medicinal practices that laid the foundation for modern medicine to spiritual hoo-doo practices that connected communities, plants played a central role.

Embracing Ancestral Wisdom

As plant enthusiasts, we are not just nurturing green companions; we are also embracing the wisdom passed down through generations. Take a moment to reflect on the plants in your space. Consider their historical significance, the roles they played in ancestral practices, and the stories they carry.

Being the Change We Want to See

In a small community like ours, showing up and being a representative is not just about breaking barriers; it's about inspiring others to join the journey. It's about fostering a sense of belonging for individuals from diverse backgrounds who share a love for plants.

This Black History Month, let's celebrate the diversity within our community. Follow Eye Love Plant Lyfe on social media, share your stories, and let's continue to grow together. Our commitment to plants is also a commitment to inclusivity, representation, and the celebration of our unique identities.

Thank you for being part of this journey with Eye Love Plant Lyfe. Let's continue to nurture not only our plants but also the roots of our shared history.


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