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.
*I wanted to share a really amazing update. Krystle the owner of Hodge Podge and newly -opened Leavan Kitchen here in Georgia has offered us land for the project! It is on the property of their new shared kitchen. Not only will we have space to grow we will have access to classroom space! The kitchen is located in Decatur,GA which is exactly where I wanted to be. I am still in shock that everything aligned in this way but so grateful.
The soft goal is to open to the public in March 2021. With that being said we will break ground in the next few weeks to begin building out our space. I will be bringing on two site managers.
I wanted to update everyone on the shift in funding needs.
- Site manager stipend
- Soil Bags -Seeds
-Monthly Grocery Giveaway
- Community Giveback Fund (for emergencies such as rent coverage, car repairs, etc)
Long Term Goals
-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. 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.