In our “Every (Farmer’s) Vote Counts” series, we here at RAFI have been spreading the word about ongoing FSA county committee elections. As part of our Farmer Leadership Network, we support family farmers to become more involved in the groups that make decisions about their farms and their livelihoods.
RAFI is currently supporting a few candidates around North Carolina who are running for their local FSA county committees. Meet our first, Dorathy Barker.
What is your name, and where do you farm?
My name is Dorathy Barker, and we farm in Granville County.
How long have you been farming?
What kind of farm do you run?
My husband Philip and I have a dairy and vegetable operation.
Why are you running for county committee?
I am running to get the information out to those who need it and to stand up for smaller black farmers, small farmers in general, and the socially disadvantaged.
What do you think qualifies you for the position?
I have over 40 years of farming experience, I am part owner, and I have a long history of farm advocacy for small farmers and farm programs.
Farmers, to vote for Dorathy or other candidates, please send in your vote by December 1st!
To learn more about how to vote or RAFI’s Farmer Leadership Network, contact Kavita at email@example.com.