The Farmers of Color Network is a merging of work started through the former RAFI Farmer Leadership Network and the need to build more support and outreach to communities of color within the RAFI Agricultural Reinvestment Fund (ARF). The Farmers of Color Network is currently composed of ARF grantees, but participation is not limited to these grantees. The ARF grantees applied and received grant monies to fund infrastructure projects on their farms to explore the feasibility of new areas of production. Learn more about their projects here.
The Farmers of Color Network aims to:
- build a stronger network of farmers of color through farmer-led and directed technical support and educational opportunities
- help engage farmers with new markets and market solutions
- create a cultural space that honors multi-generational and women led organizing, agroecological and sustainable practices, as well as ancestral traditions and knowledge
- center collective work exchanges, mutual support for on-farm infrastructure and increase collective knowledge base within the Network
- 12 out of 26 (50%) of Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grants in 2018 were awarded to farmers of color
- $100,160.93 was invested in farms led by farmers of color in 2018
- Types of farms/operations include: fruit, horticulture, medicinal, hydroponics, marketing, livestock, poultry, grains/oilseed, education, and other value-added products
- Farmers in the network represent 9 counties: Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Wake, and Warren
2018 Farmers of Color NetworkB. Ray Jeffers, B.R. Jeffers Farms – Person County
Monica Rivera, Cultivating Resistance Herbals, Durham County
Eva Moss, Heartstrong Farm LLC – Randolph County
Emanuel Hayden, Homestead Asili – Rowan County
Victor Hunt, Hunt Family Farm – Warren County
Michael Goodson, Kidd Farms LLC – Wake County
Phillip Barker, Olusanya LLC – Granville County
Michael Graves, Porte’Lu Farms – Caswell County
Kamal Bell, Sankofa Farms LLC – Orange County
Thomas Justin Robinson, Stonemint, Durham County
Demetrius and Janel Thompson, Thompson Farm, Durham County
Upcoming EventsStay tuned!
Farmers of Color Winter Gathering
Farmers of Color Farm Tour (click to view photos from the Farm Tour!)
Friday, September 28th, 9am-5pm
Industrial Hemp Gathering
August 21, 2018
More than 35 black farmers/land owners attended an Industrial Hemp Gathering in Oxford, NC in August 2018 to learn about hemp production and markets, rules and regulation and steps in forming hemp cooperatives
Black Farmer Caucus
Created space at the ARF Grantee Gathering for black farmers to learn about opportunities to serve on FSA County Committees, Soil and Water Conservation Boards, and other opportunities for engagement
Interested in joining the Network?Click here to complete the intake form.
Questions? Contact Tahz Walker, Farmer Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Farmers of Color Network is supported by a grant as part of the In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (“BFDL”) Phase 1 Cy Pres Grants Process.