Black Farmers Are America’s Future

Sarah Taber
Mar 5, 2019 - 5:00
Black Farmers Are America's Future

It’s tempting to think that Civil Rights are always improving, even if it’s two steps forward, one step back. Black farm ownership tells a different story — but one that may be changing. Black farm ownership peaked in 1910 (the earliest year for which data on farm owner demographics are available) when the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) farm census showed 195,809 farmers of colorToday’s numbers show

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14 Replies to “Black Farmers Are America’s Future”

  1. “The Provosts’ struggle to keep their farm is about keeping their family’s heritage and legacy. It’s also about keeping the Black farming tradition alive: a tradition of collaboration, of knowledge, and of farms being productive through the farmer’s skill, not just bought inputs and other people’s labor. In that sense, the Provosts’ mission is all of ours. White supremacy isn’t just an odd step-cousin to our broken food system. It’s an integral part. If we want good farming, white supremacy has to go. The community the Provosts are building around their farm may show us what that future looks like.”———AMEN!
    If you shop fresh and like farmer’s markets; find a nearby black farm in your area to do your food shopping. It helps our cause and the health of you and your family.

  2. This is going to be the key to our health!! The right food is what is going to change the health issues of our African/indigenous brother and sisters. Let’s support our local farmers. Is there a list of our farmers for every state and city?

  3. Great article, we need to do everything we can to support the small farmers who are BUILDING soil rather than extracting from it! I’d LOVE to see articles on Black Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture in this forum. Thanks for the fantastic content, this is a big area of potential sovereignty for the community.

  4. Great piece, would love to also read something on how black-owned urban farms (like in Detroit) can be part of future economies and how they can be sustained.

  5. Very informative. I’m going to use the info on loans to strengthen an explanation I was just giving someone a few days ago about how the system has so many ways to keep black people down.

  6. It is about keeping your heritage a your land. With the loan going in default they can pressure you to sale your land pennies on the dollar. Black scientists taught them how to save the land. Yes we will always need Black Farmers. So much of our land have been taken or stolen from us.

  7. Very good information. We must double our efforts to startup and support Black Farms. This historical attack on Black Farmers, by racist government agencies i.e.
    FDA etc. and racist banking institution is so aggress and hypocritical, in light of the fact that had it not been for one man…George Washington Carver. The American Farming Industry would still be in the Dark Ages.

  8. Very good article. I myself have been working in organic agriculture for the past 4 years in very different regions of the country, and yet, everywhere you see a very white sustainable ag environment. In Mississippi this past year, one of my farmer friends was fighting against auditors who were trying to cheat him out of the land that his family had lived on since slavery. Ridiculous!

  9. Appreciate the article and the attention given here as the most power one can have in this country is ownership and particularly land ownership. The Provost Family has a gofundme.com link: PROVOST FARMS: CULTIVATING EQUITY
    I hope enough money is raised for what they need. I wish someone would just be generous who has that kind of money and buy them their land back for them.

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