5 Black-Owned Farms You Should Support
When it comes to where you get your fruits and veggies, we’re bringing you a list of amazing black-owned farms to consider. In honor of April and Earth Day, we want to encourage you to support sustainable black-owned businesses across the 50 states.
1. Swanson Family Farm
Swanson Family Farm LLC was established in 2008 by Wayne Swanson and is located in Hampton, Georgia. His goal is to run a sustainable farm that grows fresh fruits and veggies for his family and friends. A beautiful 32-acre farm, Swanson Family Farms specializes in grass-fed meat such as beef, lamb, and pork along with farm-raised bees for honey.
2. Soul Fire Farm
Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-indigenous community that supports Black and Brown farmers. Located in Petersburg, New York, their mission is to tackle racism in the food system through sustainable agriculture, natural building, and environmental justice. Their food sovereignty programs reach about 10,000 people a year and include farmer training for Black and Brown growers and land return initiatives.
3. Logan's Gardens
Logan's Gardens is run by father and son Jimmy and Logan Williams. Located in Los Angeles, the successful farm produces over 1,000 varieties of edible plants such as blueberries and tomatoes. Their farm also produces rare plants which they sell to the Santa Monica Farmer's Market. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, give the farmers' market a visit and support Logan's Gardens!
4. Rise & Root Farm
The Rise & Root Farm is a five-acre farm which grew its roots in 2014 by retired physical therapist Karen Washington. It has expanded to include 4 owners who come from all walks of life. Comprised of 4 intergenerational, multi-racial, and LGBTQ+ women, they are committed to community outreach through food and farming. Located in Orange County, NY, Rise & Root aims to create an open agricultural space for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
5. Root Life
Root Life LLC is an eco-friendly business started by Native Praxis. They offer everything from organic fruits and veggies, plants, edible landscaping and even Vegan Skin & Hair Care. They aim to provide environmental services for their local community.
Supporting sustainable black-owned businesses helps both your community and the earth. This April, it’s important to find the various black-owned businesses that are also eco-friendly. By supporting these initiatives, you not only strengthen your local communities, but you also enhance your personal health because you know that the food that goes into your body isn’t chock full of chemicals.
Drop down your favorite Eco-friendly Black-owned businesses.
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