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Opinion: Here's How I Believe Airbnb Reconnected Me To My Family's Roots

As the descendant of Black farmers by way of southern Virginia, this Airbnb experience was a reminder that there’s truly no place like home. Thanks to the company’s new Southwest Georgia Agri-Tourism initiative , Black people have the opportunity to connect to their roots in a way like never before. The first stop on the tour for me was the “Taste of The South” Experience at the Vicks Estate, Farm, and Fishery. Upon arriving, the home had a familiarity about it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on — that was until Clinton Vicks met me with a warm greeting as if he was a distant cousin prior to taking me to a backyard oasis that was way too beautiful to put into words. This is not your average tasting experience. Together, Clinton and I picked fresh food from the garden to prepare our meal as we learned our connection to the land lies within our family’s farming experiences. “I grew up doing this with my grandma,” said Clinton when asked when he discovered he had a passion for...

Aug 19, 2022