Despite making 13% of the population, African Americans own less than 1% of rural land in the country. White Americans, by comparison own more than 98% of land in the United States. Black farmers currently represent around 1.3% of all farmers in the United States. That 1.3% is made up of 45,500 Black farmers—a number that was 20 times larger in 1920 when the USDA recorded 925,708 Black farmers in the United States.
Over the years, Black farmers have been driven off their land and faced discrimination from the Department of Agriculture. Today, there is a resurgence of Black farmers that want to rejoin the agricultural industry on behalf of themselves, their communities, and for the good of the entire planet.
Independent farmers have struggled to sustain a living in recent years as market forces have changed. Black farms have especially taken a hit as the industry has evolved. While the COVID-19 pandemic has further threatened the survival of Black farmers and Black-owned businesses, communities have rallied to reclaim the land that once belonged to their ancestors.
The reduction in land owned by Black farmers and other minority populations has led to food deserts in many urban areas across the country. In response, we Black American farmers are turning to crowdfunding to buy back the land of their ancestors.
Receiving economic support has been one of the biggest roadblocks placed in front of Black farmers over the years. Purchasing, owning, and operating a farm has grown increasingly difficult, especially during downturns in the economy.
We are the ancestral children of the enslaved who fled the rural south and all of the oppression associated with the agriculture industry and our countries 400 year long history of the enslavement of African people. Now, as we return to America’s farm land. We come with open arms, in hopes of healing our connection to the planet and ourselves.
Join our family on our journey for reparations by helping us purchase farm land to build Seed of Life Farm and Restaurant by donating whatever you can to our GoFundMe today.
With your support, we promise to make nutritious organic food affordable for customers of all economic backgrounds and to donate any surplus to local food banks, homeless shelters, and any other people in need. In addition to growing food, we will also use our land to educate other BIPOC who are interested in learning about organic farming to help empower marginalized people to grow their own food and create communal wealth.
- Pamela Rehal
- Alena Samuel
- Sequoia Ybarra
- Demitris Charles