A directory of people of color who are organic farmers, food & land activists, agriculturalists, and even vintners



Connecting With Black Farmers

I’ve stumbled upon a directory of people of color who are organic farmers, food & land activists, agriculturalists, and even vintners.

Around this time last year I imagined that during the summer of 2011 I would get to sit at the feet of elders and gather knowledge on what is now termed "organic farming," "sustainable agriculture," "permaculture," called by older African people, simply, growing good food. I dreamed of learning all these things from the best people to learn them from: living testimonies to indigenous methods that are naturally sustainable and organic (so no need to indicate this in a title).

This year, I get a head start on selecting a person or group to apprentice under. The extensive but rolling list of people and groups on this map was compiled by Natasha Bowens and the Color of Food coalition.

The site hosts such organizations and farmers as the Backyard Gardener’s Network in New Orleans, LA and the Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), replete with novices and experienced growers who have proclaimed agency in what kind of food they eat and how it will be produced. Most who are listed also own the land they work.

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by Sawdayah Brownlee