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The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms & Food Gardens

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Black owned farms make up less than 2 percent of all farms in the United States.

According to a recent report, Black farmers lost 80 percent of their farmland from 1910 to 2007, often because they lacked access to loans or insurance needed to sustain their businesses.

The report mentions the “long and well-documented history of discrimination against Black farmers by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).”

It goes on to state that “The unequal administration of government farm support programs, crucial to protecting farmers from an inherently risky enterprise, has had a profound impact on rural communities of color.”

It is clear that that Black farmers need help now more than ever. We also need fresh produce they provide. Here is  a list of Black owned farms and food gardens that you can support.

Black Owned Farms

Alabama

black owned farms
Darden Bridgeforth & Sons Farms/ Credit: News Courier

Darden Bridgeforth & Sons (Tanner, AL)

Arizona

Tiger Mountain Foundation (Phoenix, AZ)

California

black owned farms
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)

black owned farms
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

black owned farms
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

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Harper Armstrong, owner of Armstrong Farms/ Facebook

Armstrong Farms (Bastrop, LA)

Michigan

D-TownFarm (Detroit, MI)

Missouri

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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 (Petersburg, NY)

North Carolina

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Mother’s Finest Urban Farms

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

Abanitu Farm (Roxboro, NC)

First Fruits Farm (Louisburg, NC)

Pine Knot Farms (Hillsborough, NC)

Savage Farms (Durham, NC)

Green Heffa Farms (Liberty, NC)

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Green Heffa Farms

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

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Clean Greens Farms/ Camille Dohrn

Sky Island Farm (Humptulips, WA)

Clean Greens (Seattle,WA)

International

Mwanaka Fresh Farm Foods (London)

 

 

-Tony O. Lawson


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54 Comments

    • The Nation of Islam has 1600 acres of farmland in Brownwood GA. It’s called Muhammad Farms.

      Please include it on your wonderful list.

      • Greetings Fam.; The Atlanta Mosque Community of Imam W. D. Muhammed Community In Atlanta, GA has a thriving farm In Macon, Georgia as well,,

  1. You are forgetting Mccrory Arkansas Webb’s Produce Farms And Market LLC. I’m the first African American Certified Produce Farmer in MY county (Woodruff County) I farm 77 acres. My main crop is Irish Potatoes and tomatoes.

    • I didn’t know that. I’ll pass on his info on to my Woodruff County friends and family. Where can we find your potatoes? We will drive over and buy some. Blessings to you and your family.

  2. Should change the title to “A list”… I have worked over 20 locations from homesteads to urban to orchards to commercial to nursery and none of those are mentioned. What qualified a farmer to be on this “ultimate” list?

    • Hello. This is the largest and most up to date list available publicly thus far. We’re glad that you know many more Black owned locations and would be more than happy to add them.

      • Hello, there is a black owned family farm in Las Cruces New Mexico called SawaSawa Organic Farm.
        2406 Wildwind Rd.
        Las Cruces, NM 88007
        They have a facebook page and IG page under the same name. Please add them to tour list. Thanks

    • The Black American Farm Movement is definately Dedicated and Determined to Flourish. My Dream is to Unite all of us into one Super Organization.and or Co-Operative for more Buying Power Financially. I am Determined to move our Agenda Foward. Please Contact me at 267 606 5990 About Agricultural Finacial Products.

  3. The Nation of Islam has a 1,600 acre farm in Georgia and another farm in Michigan. Both supply food throughout the country on a consistent basis.

  4. In the International section it would have been nice to see the UK’s most successful black farmer Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones. He owns the farm and brand The Black Farmer and sells in most major supermarkets across the country.

  5. Vertical Life Farms should be added to the list of Black Owned Farms in Dallas…
    Vertical Life Farms

    3014 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226
    (844) 388-3276 https://g.co/kgs/k2GPA9

    Unless there is some other Black Owned Farm under the name “Jacob’s Family Farm”, the link for Jacob’s Family farm in this article is a white owned farm in Illinois.

  6. What about Virginia? There is Vanguard Farm and there are many others. Please update the list. How about some info on resources to get a farm started? Loans, grants, classes, tours.

    • Free Haven Farms (Lawnside, NJ) &
      Soul Fire Farm (NY)
      Both offer educational classes!👍🏾
      I’ve only read abt them.

  7. Such important information. Thank you for highlighting the brave Black MEN AND WOMEN farmers who together continue this noble profession. I’m assuming nothing or very little existed before you took on this project of cataloging Black farms/businesses, so thank you. So many times people are critical of others’ efforts but for obvious reasons don’t take these time consuming, uncompensated tasks on themselves. Please know you are appreciated and keep up the excellent work!

    • Absolutely Beautiful! Please keep up the good works… Very happy to see many African American Farmers… didn’t have no idea… I will most definitely be buying.

  8. I’m glad to see this site I have question though where you all supply and how would common folks purchase crops from your farmers?

  9. Are any of these farms a part of wwoof.net ? It’s an international organization where people can learn about organic farming hands on by liviving with a host farmer for a set amount of time. I would love to learn about organic farming from the experts! Like Will Allen in Milwaukee Wisconsin with Growing Power. This man won the MacArthur Ferguson genius grant in 2008 for his work in sustainable farming. Unfortunately his farm was dissolved in 2017. So do you know of any programs like wwoof or something similar that might be specific to black farmers?

    • Regarding NE Iowa: You could try contacting Oneota Co-op in Decorah, IA. They purchase local produce and if they don’t know, can put you in touch with those who would know for Winneshiek and surrounding counties. oneotacoop dot com

  10. Families Anchored In Total Harmony “FAITH” CDC is located at 656 Carolina Street, Gary, IN 46402. We strive to support our local community with fresh and organic produce and raw honey. Faith Farms has expanded from a few vegetable plots to growing year round.

  11. There are over 500 black owned farms in California alone. African American Farmers of California Association started almost 20 years ago. AAFCA organization has compiled the most comprehensive list of Black farmers in the state. Their meetings are open to the public too. I suspect we are under-counting or missing MANY farms. For example,

    I stumbled upon these Black-led organizations supporting black farmers in California:
    Fresno Freedom School
    West Fresno Family Resource Center
    The Butterfly Movement
    Communities United Restoring Mother Earth

    On the website of the amazing Soul Fire Farm in NY (mentioned above), the following are well-established Black-led farming organizations (some of which are mentioned in the comments):

    Federation of Southern Cooperatives: http://www.federationsoutherncoop.com/
    Black Belt Justice Center: http://blackbeltjustice.org/
    Black Urban Growers http://blackurbangrowers.org/
    Detroit Black Community Food Security Network: http://www.detroitblackfoodsecurity.org
    Land Loss Prevention Project: http://landloss.org/
    Southern Grassroots Economies Project: http://sgeproject.org/
    Cooperation Jackson: http://www.cooperationjackson.org/
    Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living: http://www.blackoakscenter.org/
    Truly Living Well http://trulylivingwell.com/
    Malcolm X Grassroots Movement https://mxgm.org/

    It is likely on us to spearhead a reliable accounting of this legacy.

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