Black Farmers & Urban Gardeners

Two weeks ago, the first Annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference took place at Brooklyn College.  The event brought together black farmers from the South, urban growers from the North, and food activists from all over to discuss the importance of passing on the roots of black farmers in America.

I'm inspired by this community of black farmers from all over the country coming together to make sure the legacy of farming continues, and that the persistent issues of discrimination are eradicated.  I'm particularly impressed by Growing Power's CEO Will Allen.  Growing Power is the only organization of it's kind led by a black man and has 52 employees, 39 goats, 500 hens, and 19 beehives.  Additionally, he travels around the country and internationally to help other urban growers set up shop and begin training future urban farmers.

Read the rest of the article from Natasha Bowens on Grist here.