Less than 2 percent of farmers in the United States are black, according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture released in 2019. But it hasn’t always been this way. In 1920, there were 949,889 black farmers in America. Today, that total comes to only 45,508 out of 3.4 million farms nationwide. Upon further reading and research these past few weeks, we now understand that the reason for such a huge decline amongst black farmers is because of systemic racism; unfair access to land, farming loans and capital, and agricultural programs and subsidies that white people have access to. Start googling the subject and you will see that the farming industry is much like every other industry where systemic racism has shut black people out from having a fair seat at the table.
We are doing a special FLASH SALE on Sunday, June 28th from 1pm-5pm where everyone can take an additional 15% off of everything in store to help raise money for CoFed & Black Earth Farms. 25% of our profits from the flash sale will be donated to these organizations. Learn more about these powerful organizations below.
Black Earth Farms
“We are a Black and Indigenous led agroecology collective composed of skilled land stewards, spiritual leaders, healers, gardeners, farmers, builders, writers, educators, artists, musicians, and organizers. We study and spread ancestral knowledge and contemporary agroecological practices to train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Occupied Karkin Ohlone & Chochenyo Territory.
We need autonomous and sovereign communities that steward and produce their own ethically harvested food without pesticides and other chemical inputs. We need active divestment from the colonial food system and the fossil fuel petrochemical industry. We need access to de-privatized clean water, and food landscapes with no tolerance for racialized and gendered domination or enslavement. We need justice and reparations for Black and Indigenous people globally.”
Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive
“CoFED (Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive) is a QBPOC-led organization that partners with young folks of color from poor and working-class backgrounds to meet our communities’ needs through food and land co-ops. We are building the leadership of young BIPOC cooperators to practice cooperative values, economics, and strategies for collective liberation.”