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Black Panther Inspired Urban Farming

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In the early 20th century the American city of Detroit was a booming industrial powerhouse and world leader in car manufacturing. But since the major car companies closed their factories, more than a million taxpayers have moved out of Detroit, leaving behind more than 100 square kilometres of vacant land, and nearly 40,000 abandoned houses. A group of visionary residents are now sowing the seeds of an urban farming revolution. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people’s lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a ‘voice to the voiceless.’ Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 countries across the globe, our viewers trust Al Jazeera English to keep them informed, inspired, and entertained. Our impartial, fact-based reporting wins worldwide praise and respect. It is our unique brand of journalism that the world has come to rely on. We are reshaping global media and constantly working to strengthen our reputation as one of the world’s most respected news and current affairs channels.

IMPACT OF SLAVERY ON BLACK FARMS

 

Slavery left a bad taste in most African-Americans’ mouth when it comes to farming. But as Will Scott points out, when we eat together, we don’t fight. This nation needs more small farmers, more people growing food in general — black and white.

About Will Scott, president of the African American Farmers of California: Will was born in Oklahoma to a family of sharecroppers; his parents moved to Fresno, CA, in the 1940s, where they continued to farm. After enlisting in the Navy, Will served in Vietnam aboard a submarine; later, when he retired, he bought 40 acres near Fresno and began to farm in earnest again. He grows Southern staples such as black-eyed peas and collard greens, which he sells at farmers’ markets in Fresno and West Oakland. He is the president of the African American Farmers of California, which runs a 15-acre demonstration and education farm to interest African-American kids in agriculture.

 

This talk is part of Session One: Meet for TEDxFruitvale, which was held on October 14, 2011 at Mills College in Oakland, CA. The conference’s theme was Harvesting Change, and it focused on farmworkers, labor and other social justice movements, and fair labor practices in business. 

About TEDx, x = independently organized event:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Black Owned Farms

Alabama

DARDEN BRIDGEFORTH & SONS FARMS/ CREDIT: NEWS COURIER

Darden Bridgeforth & Sons (Tanner, AL)

Arizona

Tiger Mountain Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)

California

WILL SCOTT OF SCOTT FAMILY FARMS/ CREDIT: AP PHOTO/GOSIA WOZNIACKA

African American Farmers of California demo farm (Fresno, CA)

Farms to Grow, Inc. (Oakland, CA)

City Slicker Farms ( Oakland, CA)

Scott Family Farms (Fresno, CA)

Rancho de Rodney (Fresno, CA)

The DMV Area (DC, MD, VA)

SOILFUL CITY/FACEBOOK

Good Sense Farm (Washington, DC)

Three Part Harmony (Washington, DC)

Soilful City (Washington, DC)

Sylvanaqua Farms (Washington, DC/Norfolk,VA)

The Bladensburg Farm (Riverdale, MD)

Tha Flower Factory  (Baltimore, MD)

Haynie Farms (Reedville, VA)

Florida

Harvest Blessing Garden (Jacksonville, FL)

Georgia

THE METRO ATLANTA URBAN FARM /FACEBOOK

Swanson Family Farm (Hampton, GA)

Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (Atlanta, GA)

The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm (Royston, GA)

Semente Farm (Lithonia, GA)

Patchwork City Farms (Atlanta, GA)

Kentucky

The Russellville Urban Gardening Project(Russellville KY)

Barbour Farm (Canmer, KY)

Louisiana

HARPER ARMSTRONG, OWNER OF ARMSTRONG FARMS/ FACEBOOK

Armstrong Farms (Bastrop, LA)

Michigan

D-TownFarm (Detroit, MI)

Missouri

WILL WITHERSPOON, CEO OF SHIRE GATE FARM

Shire Gate Farm (Owensville, MO)

New York

KAREN WASHINGTON, CO-OWNER OF RISE & ROOT FARM./ TWITTER

Rise & Root Farm (Chester, NY)

East New York Farms (Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest(Brooklyn, NY)

Soul Fire Farm (PetersburgNY)

North Carolina

SAVAGE FARM/CREDIT: BLACK FAMILY LAND TRUST

Abanitu Farm (Roxboro, NC)

First Fruits Farm (Louisburg, NC)

Pine Knot Farms (Hillsborough, NC)

Savage Farms (Durham, NC)

Mother’s Finest Urban Farms (Winston Salem, NC)

Ohio

Rid-All Green Partnership (Cleveland, OH)

Oregon

Mudbone Grown (Portland, OR)

Rainshadow Organics (Sisters, OR)

Pennsylvania

THE PHILADELPHIA URBAN CREATORS /FACEBOOK

Mill Creek Farm (Philadelphia, PA)

The Philadelphia Urban Creators(Philadelphia, PA)

South Carolina

FRESH FUTURE FARMS/ ADAM CHANDLER PHOTOGRAPHY

Fresh Future Farm (North Charleston, SC)

Texas

We Over Me Farm (Dallas, TX)

Jacobs’ Family Farms (Dallas, TX)

Washington State

CLEAN GREENS FARMS/ CAMILLE DOHRN

Sky Island Farm (Humptulips, WA)

Clean Greens (Seattle,WA)

International

Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods (London)

 

 

-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson(IG@thebusyafrican)

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