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According to the USDA Census of Agriculture in 2017, the United States had 48,697 producers who identified as black, either alone or in combination with another race. They accounted for 1.4 percent of the country’s 3.4 million producers.
African American farm operators tend to be older with smaller farms, fewer acres, and lower sales but with the same challenges as larger farms only fewer opportunities.
Our farmers reach out for assistance, resources for machinery, feed, succession plans, production assistance, drought issues, grant writing, and more...
COOKING & NUTRITION
We offer community cooking programs for adults, children, and families together. Our goal is to connect restaurants and independent chefs to schools and youth centers to bring the joy of cooking to classrooms and after-school programs.
GARDENS TO GROW
Farms To Grow, Inc. has installed several gardens in local public schools, Head Starts, and Child Care Centers. We currently work with the YMCA East Bay and Frick Middle School to teach and share the love of gardening.
FARMERS' MARKET PROGRAM
By supporting farmers markets, you support a local economy and healthier sustainable agroecosystem. We believe that farmers markets are strategies communities can use to empower themselves to eat healthier.
Farms To Grow, Inc. is committed to facilitating the economic and community development goals that have been identified by community stakeholders and farmers to implement community farmers markets.
For example, FTG started the Freedom Farmers Market, 5316 Telegraph Ave. Oakland in 2013 in collaboration with farmers, community members, and business leaders.
By supporting your farmers market you sustain farmers who farm and steward the earth responsibly.
Support your local farmers market!
FARM TO CONSUMER
We connect communities directly to local farmers in their area.
If restaurants, families, or individuals are interested in purchasing directly from local Black farmers we can make those connections.
Please feel free to call or email us.
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)
Farms to Grow, Inc. is working with California’s African American farmers, urban gardeners, food preservers, a worker-owned food cooperative, and other sustainable farmers to build a collaborative community supported agriculture program.
Our CSA program is a way for consumers to buy seasonal produce at the peak of ripeness direct from the farmer.
Every 2nd Saturday pick up or delivery
As the CSA program grows we will open year round and expand to twice a month. For more information email:
Distribution Location: 5316 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA
FARMS TO SCHOOLS
We connect minority farmers to local schools so they can educate children on where their food comes from and to provide a hands-on growing curriculum.
Schools can also arrange field trips to our local farms. We match local farmers to the schools in their area to provide local schools with healthy food or together they can develop a strategy for a local and peri-local food system.
Dr. George Washington Carver "CIRCLING BACK"
Circling Back is a mobile educational panel installation and an Youth Interactive Science Lab.
It's intended to provide opportunities for community leaders and Farmers to partner for an overarching purpose of empowering communities around food, health, environmental stewardship, the legacy of black farmers, career pathways in agriculture and sustainable practices.
Dr. George Washington Carver
Youth Interactive Science Lab.
This is an interactive learning exhibit honoring the legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver as a farmer, artist, scientist, inventor, and teacher.
The interactive exhibit brings Dr. George Washington Carver to life with a microscope table to view plant samples, his inventions, games, books, and images of young GWC.
For more information
RHYTHMS OF THE LAND
ROTL is an original documentary multimedia film project by anthropologist/filmmaker Gail P. Myers, Ph.D.
During the summer of 2012, Dr. Myers toured 10 southern states interviewing over 30 African American farmers, sharecroppers, gardeners and one 6th generation coil basket weaver. Your tax-deductible contribution will be dedicated towards post-production, distribution, and marketing of Rhythms of the Land.
See the trailer