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elephant in the room...

FOOD AND EMPIRE American food system founded on stolen lands Read this article by Chris Newman of Sylvanaqua Farms for democracy in food and agriculture. An excerpt with some of the nitty gritty: While other nations adopt quotas and other imperfect systems to moderate the supply of food with something more humane than unregulated free […]

Posted: June 22 2020
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indigenous sovereignty and black land liberation [events]

Agrarian Trust has centered these upcoming events in their recent newsletter. See below for details and join in the collective action and education!! Furthermore, visit this web page to view The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens . Land and Freedom Now: Collective Action for Black Land LiberationFriday, June 19th, 1:00 PM EST/10:00 […]

Posted: June 17 2020
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Soul Fire Farm's action steps and policy platform for food sovereignty

Soul Fire Farm's action steps and policy platform for food sovereignty [pdf]: CHECK OUT this incredible resource and guide for addressing and dismantling racism in the food system, galvanizing the movement for land and racial justice, written by the illustrious folks at Soul Fire Farm. Thank you to Nora Feldhusen, Organizing Committee Member of the […]

Posted: June 14 2020
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black land theft mini-documentary

How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land Watch this 15-minute documentary from The Atlantic, How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land -- based on Vann R. Newkirk’s article, “The Great Land Robbery.” Description from the Atlantic below: Over the course of the 20th century, black Americans have lost approximately 12 million acres of land. […]

Posted: June 9 2020
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John Boyd Jr. spokesman for black farmers rights

There were nearly a million black farmers in 1920. Why have they disappeared? "The number of black farmers in America peaked in 1920, when there were 949,889. Today, of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers, only 1.3%, or 45,508, are black, according to new figures from the US Department of Agriculture released [April 2019]. They own a mere […]

Posted: June 7 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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sankofa community farm [philadelphia, pa]

View Bartram's Garden full site here to discover the beauty of Sankofa Community Farm. Click here to support the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden! Farmstand (June–November)Thursdays, 3:30–5:30 pm: 5400 Lindbergh BoulevardSaturdays, 10am–2 pm: Clark Park Farmers Market, 43rd and Chester "To develop an African focus for the farm’s core purpose, co-directors Chris Bolden-Newsome and Ty […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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civil eats on showing up for racial justice

Want to See Food and Land Justice for Black Americans? Support These Groups. From the editors at Civil Eats comes this list of organizations working to strengthen food justice, land access, and food access in the Black community. SUPPORT THESE GROUPS! "Food justice is racial justice. Food and agriculture, like everything in this country, are deeply […]

Posted: June 4 2020
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2019 REGENERATE Conference, call for applications to HERD Fellowship

The Quivira Coalition, Holistic Management International, and American Grassfed Association are pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2019 REGENERATE HERD Fellowship, which provides scholarships for young farmers, ranchers, and conservationists, and students in related fields to attend the 2019 REGENERATE Conference from November 19-22 in Albuquerque, New Mexico! The HERD Fellowship seeks to connect scholarship […]

Posted: September 5 2019
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a digital map leads to reparations for black and indigenous farmers

Check out this awesome article written by very good friend of the Greenhorns, Jean Willoughby for Yes! Magazine. Jean writes about the recent changes within the farming movement. Her article focuses on the increase in the number of voluntary transfers of land and resources to people of color as a means of reparations for past […]

Posted: February 24 2018
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black farmer from charlottesville address the subtle racism that he faces in his community.

Chris Newman is a farmer in Charlottesville working towards a sustainable, healthy and organic future for his family and community. Yet despite this, Chris, as a black man faces racial profiling and discrimination on a regular basis. He has been attracting a lot of attention lately due to his recent facebook post that called out […]

Posted: August 23 2017
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sf bay area: celebrate black farmers with a night of films

Celebrate the history of black farmers in the US and abroad with a night of films in Oakland, CA.

Posted: February 9 2017
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supporting black and brown farmers: NC's earthseed land cooperative is doing beautiful transformative work in their community, and they need our help

Support Earthseed Land Cooperative: a group of young black and brown agrarians who are on a mission to create community resilience through cooperative ownership of land and resources.

Posted: February 7 2017
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a short history of black cooperatives

On February 21, 2014, 49 years to the day after Malcolm X's earthly form fell to assassins' bullets in Harlem, Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, came home to find the power out. The outage affected only his house, not any others on the block. He phoned friends for help, including an electrician, an […]

Posted: May 14 2016
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kale, racial justice, and reclaiming our collective right to the earth

  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StygQm6YlwQ] A beautiful walk around Soul Fire Farm with the thoughtful, insightful, and fiercely passionate Leah Penniman. This film was produced by The Next System Project and the Laura Flanders Show, as part of their series on gender, race, and the next system. I'd write more about the farm, but my paraphrasing would never be as powerful […]

Posted: April 5 2016
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black lives matter

A moment to a movement

Posted: November 17 2015
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urban ag in baltimore

URBAN GREEN: HOOP HOUSES REPLACE ROW HOUSES IN BALTIMORE'S SANDTOWN by Alia Malek BALTIMORE, Md. — In Sandtown, Douglas Wheeler looks out with satisfaction over the abandoned city-block-turned-farm where he works growing all sorts of greens and lettuce — “but never iceberg” — and remembers how it used to be. “This lot was a garden […]

Posted: May 20 2014
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early history of black cooperatives in america

via the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund The History of Cooperatives in the Black Community   And Other Updates on the Federation's Website  ATLANTA....We now have on our website information about the history of cooperatives in America's Black community, thanks to the work of scholar Jessica Nembhard. Please go the following link to read […]

Posted: August 6 2013
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discrimination at the USDA continues

WEDNESDAY, MAY 01, 2013 Discrimination at USDA: Response to New York Times Susan A. Schneider Professor of Law and Director, LL.M. in Agricultural & Food Law University of Arkansas School of Law The New York Times published an article last week titled, U.S. Opens Spigot After Farmers Claim Discrimination. I read the article with interest, […]

Posted: May 6 2013
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cat fish farming

Ed Scott, the nations first African American catfish farmer. Catfish farming saved a lot of lives in the Mississippi Delta. Below is a profile on Ed by Joe York of the Southern Foodways Alliance, titled "On Flavor  

Posted: October 7 2011
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launch of the color of food directory

This week an online directory and map called The Color of Food has been launched to the public, listing and locating farmers of color as well as other food system and food movement communities of color. It has become clear that those who control our broken food system do not represent our most impacted communities: […]

Posted: August 15 2011
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black farmers & urban gardeners conference

Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners Conference Growing Health, Wealth, & Justice in Our Communities November 19-21, 2010 Brooklyn College East 27th St. and Campus Road Brooklyn, NY 11210 From November 19 – 21, 2010 the first-ever Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will convene at Brooklyn College in New York City, engaging hundreds of participants in critical food and […]

Posted: November 8 2010
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no aid for black farmers

blog reader Sarah Parker sent us this note about a recent story on NPR: I remember when you guys posted this past Spring on the USDA 1.25M settlement with 13,000 black farmers. The news made me so happy, but this news has made me equally sad: The Root: No Aid for Black Farmers I thought […]

Posted: September 14 2010
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reparations

A Food Chain Radio Release from METROFARM.COM The Federal Government has admitted to discriminating against black farmers and taxpayers must now pay $1,250,000,000 to make good. These reparations lead us to ask… Can a lender discriminate without discriminating? This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson’s Food Chain Radio hosts Carl Horowitz from the National Legal […]

Posted: March 16 2010
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black farmers + urban gardeners fundraiser

Be there on February 26 for an evening of delicious food, music and conversation to raise funds for New York City's first Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners conference scheduled for April 10, 2010 at Brooklyn College. Where: The Horticultural Society of New York 148 W 37th street, 13th floor New York, NY 10018 When: February […]

Posted: February 20 2010
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"Young Black Farmers" Documentary Series

Via American Public Television http://www.aptonline.org/aptweb.nsf/vOtherDocs/Interview-Wilfred+Emmanuel-Jones Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones of YOUNG BLACK FARMERS discusses his farming initiative and his new BANFF Award-winning series American Public Television recently interviewed Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, a black farmer in the U.K. and the creator of the new documentary series YOUNG BLACK FARMERS (winner of the best unscripted entertainment program at the 2006 […]

Posted: February 27 2009