Farmers of Color Network



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:
  1. build a stronger network of farmers of color through farmer-led and directed technical support and educational opportunities
  2. help engage farmers with new markets and market solutions
  3. create a cultural space that honors multi-generational and women led organizing, agroecological and sustainable practices, as well as ancestral traditions and knowledge
  4. center collective work exchanges, mutual support for on-farm infrastructure and increase collective knowledge base within the Network

Network Impact 

  • 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 counties: Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Wake, and Warren

2018 Farmers of Color Network

B. Ray Jeffers, B.R. Jeffers Farms – Person County

Monica Rivera, Cultivating Resistance Herbals, Durham County

Nicole Owens, Durham Greens – 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 Events

Farmers of Color Farm Tour
Friday, September 28th, 9am-5pm

Farmers of Color Winter Gathering
Date TBD

Past Events

Industrial Hemp Gathering
August 21, 2018
Oxford, NC
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
March 2018
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?

Learn more about being a part of the Farmers of Color Network by contacting Tahz Walker, Farmer Liaison at tahz@rafiusa.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.

RAFI’s Farmer Leadership Network is also supported by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. We thank them for their commitment to farmers of color in North Carolina and to RAFI’s work to support them.