Black farmers in Detroit face increased barriers to land ownership. We see this in our day to day interactions with black growers who are unable to purchase the property they are growing on. This is land where black farmers and gardeners grow produce to serve neighbors, families, and the community as a whole. Oftentimes, the funding to buy the land is the only barrier. We have to change this, and we believe now is the time. With an increase in development in the city, we seek to support these growers with the capital they need to become land secure. We are reaching out to our community to support this effort in a show of cooperative economics and collective responsibility.
In collaboration, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), Oakland Avenue Urban Farm, and Keep Growing Detroit have created the Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund.
The Detroit Black Farmer Land Fund is specifically targeted to support black growers and farmers in the city of Detroit to purchase land they are currently farming or plan to farm on.
Farmers and growers will be considered for the fund by way of an application process. Funds cannot be used for anything other than land purchase. Funds will be dispensed with a signed purchase agreement. 100% of funds raised will go directly to the black farmers selected by the application committee.
Stay tuned for more info on how to apply for the fund!
To be a part of this movement, donate funds through this gofundme page or directly to cashapp: $detroitblackfarmer.
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