My name is Kiley Clark and I come from a long line of farmers and earth workers, a legacy I am very proud of. My ancestors live on through me.
I am a farmer, food advocate, chef, writer and photographer. I have been working in agriculture for the last five years, studying organic and sustainable farming practice and documenting the lives of farmers through my writing and photography. In 2019, I visited over 30 farms in five western states, listening to the stories and highlighting the experiences of farmers. With Black farm ownership at only 2% in the United States and with threats to agricultural systems and widespread food insecurity, now is the time to set forth on a dream I have been cultivating for the last decade. I am currently searching for land to start my own farm while writing and researching the challenges facing new and aspiring farmers, especially Black farmers.
I have always dreamed of working on my own land. As a Black, queer, woman land ownership has felt evasive for much of my life, not having the capital or the generational wealth to make this possible. I want to build a dream together, founded on regenerative, no till practices and paying homage to the traditional ecology knowledge of my ancestors, and the land’s original Indigenous caretakers.
I am building seed fund to start a small scale farm, and I need your help.
The seed money we raise will contribute to:
- the down payment on a 3-10 acre property;
- start up costs for farm equipment such as walk behind tractor, seeders, hand tools;
- farm infrastructure such as irrigation, wash house and coolers.
If possible, I would love to stay on the west coast where I have a large network of farm, restaurant and agricultural community. We are meeting with brokers and exploring different avenues throughout California, Oregon and Washington. Where ever we build, we will be contributing in monthly land tax and forging partnerships with Indigenous community. 2020 is the year!
Why now? In this time of horrific pain and reckoning over systemic racism in this country, it is crucial to not just support Black people in our deaths. You must also support Black joy, uplift Black liberation and invest in Black-led organizations and entrepreneurs. The farm I am building will be a community hub, a place where Queer folx can get their hands in the dirt, where our communities can thrive, laugh, and be fed.
We’re building this dream together and I can't wait to welcome you all around my future farm table! Thank you for your love and support.
Follow me at www.instagram.com/freshtofarming.
(photo 1 & 4 by Sarah Deragon, www.portraitstothepeople.com)
(photo 2 & 3 by Kiley Clark, @freshtofarming)
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- Dianne Mercado