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There were nearly a million black farmers in 1920. Why have they disappeared?

There were nearly a million black farmers in 1920. Why have they disappeared?

John Boyd Jr’s grandfather Thomas, the son of a slave, slept with the deed to his farm under his mattress. He worried constantly that his land would be taken from him.

Twenty miles away and three generations later, Boyd lives on his own 210-acre farm, in a big white colonial house with rows of soybeans that go almost up to the front door, like other people have grass. One hundred cattle, a cluster of guinea hogs, three goats and a small herding dog named Fatso, whom Boyd calls his best friend, live there.

He feels more secure on his plot of land than Thomas did. But Boyd is an aberration.

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The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms and Food Gardens

The Ultimate List of Black Owned Farms and Food Gardens

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).”

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Florida Black Farmers Announce New Chapter President

Florida Black Farmers Announce New Chapter President

BLACK FARMERS AND AGRICULTURALISTS ASSOCIATION - FLORIDA CHAPTER ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF ITS NEW PRESIDENT Ronald Burton is elected President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association - Florida Chapter  Ocala, Fl – The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists...

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Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise

Black Farmers Are Back And On the Rise

These Black farmers don’t stop at healthy food. They’re healing trauma, instilling collective values, and changing the way their communities think about the land. A few years ago, while clearing dried broccoli stalks from the tired soil of our land at Soul Fire Farm...

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