Help Us Grow More Black Farmers

Help Support our Black Farmers Coalition

Black or mixed-race farmers represent less than 0.5% of total U.S. farm sales. Further, Black farmers operate at 70% of U.S. peer-level farm revenue with a 14% operating margin gap versus their peers, before government payments.
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Sweet Jones Farms is working with a group of farmers that are currently working to train farmers ranging in age from 12-55 years old. All of us are passionate farmers located in south Louisiana and need your help building our Sweet Jones Farms Ag Retreat which will be used for the youth seasoned & unseasoned farmers. This amazing place will allow us to provide a place of peace, serenity, and a key component to build many new farmers as soon as possible.

Farmers who enter our program will go through a rigorous 12-week course that will arm them with all of the information they need to grow a substantial amount of food on their own farmland or in their own backyards. The program will consist of several components that will start in the classroom and end in the fields.

Our fields consist of watermelon, cucumbers, salad mixes, okra, sweet potatoes, mustard greens and more. Some of our farmers are certified Farm to Table and we also have farmers who currently maintain a federal industrial hemp growers license.  Our passion pours out into the fields, and we currently need help expanding the opportunity to teach more black people how to farm.

We are thankful for everyone who donates!  We will make sure this self-sustainable farmer coalition will be a platform to help educate, guide and train current and future black farmers for generations to come.  For more information on why our focus is black farmers, please check out the history of farming while black below.

Also, please make sure you check out the perks of donating and again we thank you!

Fund Uses

-"Field-Trip Proof" land and training area for kids/youth visits and summer enrichment camp. (pdf available)

-Provide certifications for summer camp attendees and  youth employed farm hands. (Includes CPR, First-Aid, Forklift, Land Clearing, Culinary/Home-Economics Certificates)

-Provides  hunting, fishing and boating education and training. (Includes a lake ;Includes hunters license, fisherman's license, and boaters license with the state of Louisiana.)

-Planting/Harvesting Equipment (Includes training for the youth and adults on how to handle, maintain and drive heavy farm equipment such as tractors, combine harvesters etc.)

-Food Delivery Service (Includes customer service training, food storage facilities, food storage and handling training and certificates.  Also includes CDL License (Classes A, B, C in Louisiana) training assistance.

Farming History of Black People

Reports given by the US Department of Agriculture have shown that black owned farms make up less than 2% of all farms in the United States.  You may ask how that is so.  According to the US Department of Agriculture, the number of black farmers in America peaked in 1920 when there were 949,889.  Today there are only about 45,600. Black farmers own about 0.55% of America’s farmland, by comparison to the 95% of US white farmers. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a well-documented history of discrimination against black farmers in the past. Because of discriminatory practices by the USDA and private lending institutions then, black farmers did not have fair access to the credit or crop insurance necessary to sustain their farms.  With that being the case, expansion was never an option. Today black farms, on average are much smaller and generate much less cash flow and income when compared with white farms. The average full-time white farmer brought in about $17,215 in farm income, while the average full-time black farmer made just about $2,425 in 2017.

Donation Perks and Details

$25 donation will receive a free salt-free creole seasoning from Sweet Jones Farms ( ) and a sample bar of soap from a partnering company Ecolone Handmade Soaps. ( )

$500 donation will receive a gift basket including a full size salt-free creole seasoning,  fresh herbs, vegetables and (5) full-size bars of handmade soap from the above links.
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Fundraising team: Sweet Jones Farms Ag Retreat (2)

J'Quincy Jones 
Baton Rouge, LA
Jon Vaughn 
Team member