As first-generation farmers, we can feel helpless when faced with the uncertainty of our industry in the United States, especially when we read statistics like these:
The US has lost over 11 million acres of farmland in the past 20+ years.
The development of Farmers who are stewarding the land is steadily decreasing.
Today, African American farmers only make up only 1% of producers.
Land loss and disparities within the farming community are disheartening. But we cannot lose heart. Over the past year, the words of activist James Baldwin have been running through our heads: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” Good, meaningful words lead to action. So, we came to a straightforward conclusion:
To cultivate change within the agricultural industry, we needed to start in our
In a recent interview with @nevinmartell featured in a Department of Agriculture release of @usatoday, Derrick shared a bit of “paying it forward” in our industry: “We all have something to bring to the table. And when we all work together, we’re able to accomplish a lot” (p. 30). And we hope that our newest endeavor will be a sustainable catalyst for change.
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We are therefore thrilled to announce the official launch of our new organization — The Farmers Concord. Our mission is to grow future farmers by offering hands-on experience, mentorship, and educational resources on farming. At its heart, our program's central principle is “Each One Teach One.” We are responsible for making a difference, not just for ourselves but for future generations of farmers.
Stay tuned for more updates on the program and future endeavors!