We were once promised 40 acres and a mule. Some of us were blessed to be given land that you couldn't possibly work on without more tools and a mule that won’t reproduce. This was also short-lived as the Department of Agriculture continued to move in racism and deny black and brown folx loans and assistance that white farmers easily received leading to a decline so devasting that we only make 2% of the population of farms.
Our communities are filled with food desserts and inaccessibility to land ownership. In Pigford v. Glickman(1991), black farmers were finally awarded a monetary sum but it was only enough to maybe buy a tractor, definitely not enough for land. Once again the system left black people disenfranchised and with the need to figure it out without the access and capital that white people are granted without question.
Now more than ever it is clear that we need our own spaces and ways to continue to help our community. The followings are the goals to be met with the gofundme.
-Fully funding the purchasing of developed land
-Developing a teaching farm for black women and queer folx
- Building a multi-apartment property on the land for students and folx seeking haven
-Growing produce to be distributed to black and brown communities in Dekalb County and Fulton County
-To secure a sustainable way to keep farm running since grants are not often given to black farmers
-Giving a donation to Food Well Alliance for black farmers
-Giving money to The Black Feminist Project for their farm
-Giving money to Historic Westside Gardens who recently lost grant funding
-Giving money directly to black farms in Georgia that have been affected due to COVID- 19
-Hiring farm staff and teachers
-Purchase of equipment I.e tractors, plows, irrigation system, rainwater capture system
-Purchase of livestock
-Ability to ensure the safety of teaching farm community
-Reparations. Reparations. Reparations
The long term goal is 3 million to create sustainability. But I will be raising in increments so it feels more realistic.
Thank you in advance for your contribution. Please make sure to send this to all of your white friends. Helping black folx get land is the least you can do this month. I am trying to raise funds as quickly as possible for land to be purchased. The development of the teaching farm will take 2-3 years.
If you are interested in donating on a different platform or becoming an investor please reach out to me directly.
- Grace Dixon
- Kristen Wesolowski
- Amanda Terry
- Neil Ringer
- Jacque Randolph