Top 88 Black-Owned green businesses.

We believe that Black lives matter. Our modern-day agricultural system was built on exploitation, slavery, and stolen land. Systemic racism in agriculture is clear in the disproportionate government aid given to white farmers, food apartheid in communities of color, and Black farmers losing ownership of land at double the rate of white farmers. Of the near one billion acres of agricultural land in America, people of color own less than 2%. As an agriculture business focused on equity and justice, we feel it is our responsibility to use our privilege to call attention to these injustices, amplify the voices of Black agrarian workers, and prioritize servicing Black communities.

 

As a white-owned business operating under an inherently racist, oppressive system, we recognize that our work will not be over until we dismantle the very structures that our company currently benefits from. We vow to support the BLM movement in all the ways that we can. We vow to fight for communities over capitalism. We vow to help rebuild an agricultural system that is void of racial inequity. We vow to use our privilege to serve as accomplices to this revolution.

That's why we're building this list of the Top 100 Black-owned green businesses, to provide our network with a launching point for doing the work of dismantling the past and building a more just, equitable, and green future. If you would like to see any other businesses of resources added to this list, please reach out to us! We want this page to just get better and better.

A few steps toward anti-racism.

Looking for a few ways you can use your privilege for good? Here are some tips that white and privileged folks can take to aid in the fight for racial justice.
  • Redistribute your wealth

  • Buy from Black-owned farms and growers

  • Listen to Black leaders (white voices like ours should not be in the spotlight)

  • Volunteer your time and/or services to Black-owned organizations

  • Attend protests

  • Call your representatives to demand that they defund and dismantle police

  • Educate yourself instead of asking people of color to do the work for you 

California

FARMS TO GROW, INC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country. Farms To Grow, Inc. is committed to sustainable farming and innovative agriculture practices which preserve the cultural and biological diversity, and the agroecological balance of the local environment. Our mission is to assist African American farmers and other under-served farmers/gardeners maintain and create sustainable farms and spaces to grow food and motivate the next generation of farmers to grow sustainably and with the community in mind.

A child’s mindset begins to develop at birth. We believe that enrichment can plant positive seeds in the minds of growing youth. This is our “Busy hands = Busy minds” concept: providing activities that encourage kids to explore their limitless creativity, and absorb knowledge about the world around them. We serve youth (ages 4-14) by engaging them in gardening, art, and STEM. Our hands-on enrichment opens minds to a complete potential for learning all while having fun, laughter, and excitement.

We believe every youth who attends our program leaves with the inspiration to Dream big and Believe they can achieve anything in life. Busy hands = Busy minds can be seen in every part of our program, to help kids create and develop a positive mindset.

Birthed from a belief that queer, black, woman farmers need more representation and celebration in the growing world, Ashlee Johnson-Geisse created Brown Girl Farms. While envisioned for many years, this intentional space was officially formed in response to an urgent need for plant starts and fresh produce within the community. Brown Girl Farms moved to its new home in Hayward where Ashlee Johnson-Geisse lives with her wife Jen and their pup Jay.

City Slicker Farms began with a mission to empower West Oakland community members to meet the basic need for fresh, healthy food by creating sustainable, high-yield urban farms and backyard gardens. Since its founding in 2001, City Slicker Farms has been at the forefront of the 21st-century sustainable urban farming and food justice movement, gaining national recognition as a leader in supporting low-income communities of color to grow food in the city. In the last 20 years, we have built over 550 backyard and community gardens, produced 300,000 pounds of nutrient rich food, and trained thousands of community members in organic gardening methods and environmental stewardship.

For some of us, the draw of DIY Food is reconnecting to our past and rediscovering knowledge and skills from our grandparents' generation. For others, it is a way to ensure good food close to home. What we all share is a desire to eat food that is flavorful, nutritious and sustainable.

We believe that everyone deserves fresh, local and healthy food. In 2013, we opened our doors as an edible plant nursery, urban farm supply, demonstration garden and learning space in the Fruitvale District of Oakland, CA. In 2020, like many small businesses, we closed the doors to our brick-and-mortar shop and are now online! In addition to supplies for your backyard farm or kitchen garden, we now offer consulting, coaching and garden installation services to help you grow, raise, and preserve your harvest.

Ron Finley is a rebel with a green thumb. In 2010 Ron set out to fix a problem in his South Central neighborhood parkways; those often neglected dirt patches next to our streets. He planted some vegetables there. Soon after he was cited for gardening without a permit by the apparent owners of those dirt patches: the City of Los Angeles. Queue the beginning of a horticulture revolution. 

Ron fought back, and won. He started a petition with fellow green activists, and demanded the right to garden and grow food in his neighborhood. Having grown up in the South Central Los Angeles food prison, Ron is familiar with the area’s lack of fresh produce. He knew what it was like to drive 45 minutes just to get a fresh tomato. Boldly and tenderly, Ron’s vision to rejuvenate communities around the world through gardening, knowledge, and togetherness has taken root.

We are a restorative organization. Our mission is to rebuild the connection between humans and nature.  We believe it is every human's birthright to have access to nutrient rich foods on a consistent daily basis.  We provide urban agriculture hubs and sustainable living farms in South Los Angeles. Our program teaches environmental science and technology, along with nutritional and culinary education. Weekly, we share community produce distributions of locally grown produce to families in need.  We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity organization.

Raised Roots is an urban farming company based in Oakland, California. We are committed to providing superior produce, gardens and farm education.

Our number one priority is ensuring the quality of life of those who work with us. Second is ensuring the highest quality product for you, the customer.

  

We envision a food system centered around farmers and producers, and their relationship with those we nourish.

El Sobrante, CA

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Soul Flower Farm is committed to aid in the generation of Social Equality through vocational empowerment and regenerative design. We make accessible environmental workshops, classes and skill shares to those who are regularly overlooked in the current state of society. With the goal to make freedom the new norm.  This is a collective effort sponsored by Students, Community, Donors and Love, to reclaim our origins of land and community. Our approach is holistic, instilling our connection with the earth, the wisdom in the seed, nurturing of the sprout, maintenance of the crop, care for the harvest and mindfulness of tomorrow.

We are a small organic farm located in the San Francisco East Bay Hills of California.  We strive to incorporate biodynamic farming methods and permaculture design to be self-sustaining. Our passion is living in connection with the land, giving back, sharing with the community and practicing holistic medicine.  For information about  classes, apprenticeships, volunteering or our products, email us at soulflowerfarm@gmail.com. Follow our adventures on instagram, facebook and at soulflowerfarm.blogspot.com. You can find us vending weekly at the Berkeley Farmers Markets!  Peace and Blessings!

Our mission is to transform the hood for G.O.O.D. using urban agriculture as a tool for community engagement, empowerment and employment.

With a single seed, not much bigger than the period at the end of this sentence, we hope to rebuild and restore South Oak Park to a healthier place where all families have equitable access to the resources they need to thrive.

Starting with a few plants in the backyard, our vision has grown to showing communities the answers contained in the soil.

Fresno, CA

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The Mission of the African American Farmers of California is to increase within the African American Community an appreciation and understanding of applied resource management, through the promotion of sound farmland management, technology, community marketing, and outreach to urban and rural areas.

The Fresno-based African American Farmers of California in a 501c3 non-profit organization headquartered in Fresno, California. The organization uses a demonstration farm to cultivate seasonal ethnic African crops and empower youth to learn how to farm.

Bay Area, CA

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We are a Black and Indigenous led agroecology collective composed of skilled land stewards, spiritual leaders, healers, gardeners, farmers, builders, writers, educators, artists, musicians, and organizers. We study and spread ancestral knowledge and contemporary agroecological practices to train community members to build collectivized, autonomous, and chemical free food systems in urban and peri-urban environments throughout the Occupied Karkin Ohlone & Chochenyo Territory. 

Colorado

Burnt Meadow Hemp is an African-American woman led, minority-owned, family business that sustainably produces premium whole hemp products in the fertile high plains of Southeastern Colorado.

We are re-imagining wellness for the modern movement toward economic and social justice and are committed to educating, empowering and uplifting women and communities of color while making great, whole hemp products.

Connecticut

Empowering New Haven & CT residents by reconnecting us to our inherent relationships with food, land & self-resiliency through Black-led & community-run food systems & agriCultural initiatives.

 

Love Fed New Haven (conceived in February 2018) is a community of Black & Brown neighbors growing their own food at home and cultivating a growing community that actively works towards practicing food sovereignty while supporting personal wellness and environmental health through land stewardship, urban farming education and training, and culinary education.

Park City Harvest was established in 2017 by two young African-American horticulturists, (Shawn and Rich) who graduated from Connecticut's Horticultural Science degree program.  Noticing that we were the ONLY two black people in the program we've been dedicated to changing the image of farming within urban communities while feeding and educating the communities that we serve.  Our mission is to empower, and equip urban youth about the impact that food has on our health, community, and the environment.  We at PCH firmly believe that we can transform our communities one plant, one bite, and one voice at a time.

Root Life LLC Is An Eco-Friendly Business, Based Out Of New Haven, CT, That Offers Organic Produce, Live Plants, Organic Seeds, Vegan Skin & Hair Care, & Quality Environmental Services For People In The Local, As Well As Global, Community Looking To Efficiently Enhance Their Interactions With Their Natural Environments.

Florida

Urban GreenWorks (UGW) is a Miami-based not-for-profit organization and a fund of the Miami Foundation. We exist to restore the economic, physical, and social health of under-served communities. Our focus is community food security and environmental restoration. UGW creates programs for communities plagued by poor access to fresh food, blighted and neglected open space, low urban tree cover, and an under-employed population of young adults. We provide environmental programs and green job training to incarcerated men and women, youth remanded by court to drug rehab and at-risk high-school youth in low-income neighborhoods.

We are a non profit organization with a focus on creating community gardens and sustainable ecosystems in areas that are predominantly known as food deserts.  These are urban areas where residents generally reside in low income housing with little to no access to fresh produce within a 10 mile radius.  We also focus on providing education on horticulture and nutrition to the youth, both locally and afar, as well as in grade level schools.  They have the opportunity to learn about different plants, fruits and vegetables, how to grow food, and nutrition.  We apply urban gardening techniques, farming and food forestry to produce locally grown food held within a community garden.  The food grown is given away to local residents free of charge.  Our mission is to empower residents to live a healthy, sustainable life, through fresh locally grown food.

Georgia

Gilliam's mission is to nourish communities across metro Atlanta with fresh, healthy, locally-grown food that is accessible and affordable for all. They are a 3-acre sustainable urban garden located in Atlanta's Westside neighborhood. Since 2014, their diversified garden produces beautiful vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, and their very own dried spice blends.

Gilliam's Community Garden serves as an outdoor educational center for local children, homeschool families and schools seeking unique science-based and STEM learning. They provide cooking classes for seniors, as well as learning tours and urban farming experiences for volunteer groups.

Gratitude Botanical Farm’s mission is to educate, grow, feed, serve and protect the history of the people of Atlanta through the art of organic urban agriculture.

We are comprised of Christopher Lemons and Desmond Baskerville, both Atlanta natives. Not only are they business partners, but also childhood friends. Christopher, a certified master gardener from a long lineage of farmers in Georgia, maintained and managed his community garden for years in the historic Peoplestown community in Atlanta. Desmond, also an ancestral farmer, often volunteered there as his love for agriculture grew into a passion. In 2018 they were presented with the opportunity to work their dreams into a reality.

Located in South Fulton, GA minutes from downtown Atlanta, Miller City Farm is a 4+ acre micro-farm specializing in seasonal, heirloom, non-GMO, and organic produce. With offerings ranging from strawberries and mixed greens, to tomatoes and blackberries, Miller City Farm’s goal is to provide farm fresh food to 250 families across the South Fulton area. This ambition is fueled by Farmer Willie, a 3rd generation green thumb born and raised in the south. Dusting off his green thumb and perfecting his unique method of sustainable, naturally grown, heirloom growing, he moved from a rooftop urban farm, to a friend’s backyard, and now a 4+ acre micro-farm — with an abundance of space needed to grow locally-sourced, fresh food. As his territory increased, so did the demand for his ‘goodie bag’ of fresh harvest, along with canned and preserved vegetables and fruits. We at Miller City Farm are excited to see our dream of feeding our neighbors and friends with nutrient rich, fresh food come true! Even more exciting is the opportunity to strengthen the fabric of our community through farm partnerships.

Gangstas to Growers is committed to giving Black youth the time to heal, experience economic relief and access to new careers. G2G is the inaugural program of The Come Up Project, a multi-faceted grassroots collective developing self-sustaining social enterprises and worker cooperatives as solutions to our nation's problems.

Gangstas to Growers is an agribusiness training program for formerly incarcerated Black youth on the WestSide of Atlanta. While in the program trainees not only learn how to build and run businesses; they participate in a robust curriculum of personal, professional and skill development.

Gardening in organic soil & utilizing holistic techniques to yield larger-than-life produce, Haylene Green wants to equip families and growers with knowledge concerning food security and safety, and sustaining the environment for years to come.

Swanson Family Farm is a 32 acre farm run by the Swanson family—Wayne, Charmaine, and their son Jekhi—that specializes in grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, lamb, goat and pork. We feature GA Pineywoods Cattle, hair sheep and heritage breeds of goats and hogs. Our aim is to provide the highest quality products raised the way God intended—on a pasture or in the woods. We do not feed commercial food or pump steroids or hormones into our animals. You can purchase our products on the farm, at a local farmers market, via private chefs or at one of our partner restaurants.

A black owned, family operated, multi-generational farm and nursery who deals directly with farmers across Georgia. They are dedicated to providing their customers with locally grown, naturally grown, farm fresh products that they can feel safe providing their families with.

Their mission is simply to produce the very best at achievable and affordable prices to all, while embracing, promoting and empowering the culture and economic progress of underrepresented communities.

Gilliam's mission is to nourish communities across metro Atlanta with fresh, healthy, locally-grown food that is accessible and affordable for all. They are a 3-acre sustainable urban garden located in Atlanta's Westside neighborhood. Since 2014, their diversified garden produces beautiful vegetables, herbs, fresh eggs, and their very own dried spice blends.

Gilliam's Community Garden serves as an outdoor educational center for local children, homeschool families and schools seeking unique science-based and STEM learning. They provide cooking classes for seniors, as well as learning tours and urban farming experiences for volunteer groups.

Gilliard Farms is a family-run organic farm, growing under the watchful eye of sibling farmers Althea Raiford and Matthew Raiford. Gilliard Farms was first established in 1874 by Althea and Matthew's great great great grandfather Jupiter Gilliard. The farm has never used chemicals to grow any crops and is a member of Georgia Organics, Coastal Organic Growers and Georgia Grown. Althea & Matthew Raiford are the sixth generation to farm this land.

When we first settled on the name for our farm, we were dreaming big dreams, dreams we had no idea how we would achieve (hence the ‘flying pig’ ). With that, High Hog Farm was born with a ridiculous amount of faith and a cute, tongue-in-cheek play on words. Since then we’ve grown to realize just how much ‘tlc’ this land required, and just how much more the land would pour into us in return. Ironically, we hadn’t considered how many people would assume we were a pig farm based on the name. Our farm centers around our love for herbs, our passion for natural fibers, and the joy of growing together as a family. We are rekindling an intimate connection to the land, drawing from it and one another. The way we grow and prepare our food are cultural expressions of ourselves and those we love and we are grateful that it connects us more deeply with our community. Ours is a journey of reclaiming and reconnecting with ancestral wisdom and skills. Our name is a reminder and a guide and it contains within it limitless hope. We hope it inspires you as it has us… food, fiber, and dreams included!

Local Lands is a Family owned and Operated Farm. We use only organic materials, seeds, fertilizer, feed…. etc… All of what has been given naturally to the earth and to those who take part in the earth’s cycle. Our mission has been and will be to provide all natural and conscious sources of food and products, from the field to the table, to create an intimate relationship between producer and consumer, and to educate all involved.

We have been Farming in Georgia since 2010, Pennsylvania before that, and have been enjoying the weather, the people and the overall environment. Our Farm is open to the public and we welcome those who wish to participate in what they eat…

The Federation is a non-profit cooperative association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives.  We are organized by state associations with field offices serving a primary membership base in the Southern States.  The majority of our farmers, landowners, cooperatives, and credit unions are in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and  Louisianna.  Our Largest individual membership base is in South Carolina.  Our largest co-op membership base is in the state of  Mississippi.

HABESHA, Inc. is a Pan-African organization that cultivates leadership in youth and families through practical experiences in cultural education, sustainable agriculture, entrepreneurship, holistic health, and technology.

SAAFON is a network of Black farmers who are dedicated to ecologically sustainable farming in the Southeastern United States and its Caribbean territories. 

Their focus is utilizing what the earth provides holistically growing our vegetables, fruits and herbs with zero chemicals.  They simply take care of the soil, plant heirloom seeds, and harvest to provide the most nutrient dense produce possible. Welcome to bread and butter farms. Chefs with over 20 years of fine dining experience, harvest veggies and fruit from the farm as well as obtain some of the finest grass fed meats from their farm as well as locally sourced and then prepared culinary marvels you and your family are sure to enjoy. These dinners are very exclusive and you must have received a special coin to enter.

35. New Communities Inc.

New Communities is a grassroots organization that has worked for more than 40 years to empower African American families in Southwest Georgia and advocate for social justice.

Born out of the Civil Rights Movement in 1969, New Communities, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(4) based in Albany, Georgia. Founded as a collective farm, New Communities is widely recognized as the original model for community land trusts in the US. Today, the founding members, including Charles and Shirley Sherrod, are dedicated to empowering the community through agribusiness and economic development.

New Communities brings a mature vision, grounded on decades of experience, adversity, and commitment to this historic opportunity. The vision of New Communities is to become a thriving organization that is a global model for community empowerment through agribusiness, education, social awareness, and wealth building.

36. The National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA)

The National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) is a coalition of Black-led organizations aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing for Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation.  The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for Black food and land, increasing visibility of Black-led narratives and work, advancing Black-led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work.

 

We focus our work on Black food sovereignty, self-determining food economies, and land. We approach food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies through the lens of healing, organizing & resistance against anti-Blackness.  

37. Justice For Black Farmers

The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees is a civil rights organization formed by employees of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1994 specifically focused on ending discrimination within the Department and more generally on eradicating racism in agriculture in the United States.

Hawaii

38. Slow Island Food & Beverage Co.

Founded by Chef Gida Snyder, Slow Island Food & Beverage Co. is a  Black woman-owned food products company on the beautiful island of Kaua’i. Our mission is to uplift farmers, support and mentor other women in the food production space, and to celebrate the diversity and abundance of incredible ingredients grown in Hawaii. Chef Gida is a Certified Master Preserver and alumni of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific with years of international cooking experience. She is driven by quality and uses her skills to bottle the exceptional fruit & produce and share a taste of the islands we call home!

 

Our excellent team of (mostly) women come from diverse backgrounds; restaurants, farming, retail, science and art but all have one thing in common: a deep love for food & farms. From juicing to bottling and everything in between, we all have a hand in making our Slow Island products amazing! Teamwork makes this dream work!

Illinois

39. Grow Greater Englewood

Established in 2014, Grow Greater Englewood (GGE) works to build a community in which all people have the opportunity to live safe, happy, healthy and fulfilling lives, now and into the future.

Grow Greater Englewood is a social enterprise that works with residents and developers to create sustainable, food economies and green businesses to empower residents to create wellness and wealth.

40. Urban Growers Collective

Our approach is to build economic opportunity for BIPOC urban growers and makers; mitigate food insecurity; and increase access to high quality, affordable, culturally-affirming, and nutritionally-dense food on Chicago’s South and West Sides. As a women- and BIPOC-led organization, healing through food justice is integral to our mission and in our approach to building market opportunities for producers, providing good food for the communities we serve, and throughout our programming.

Indiana

41. Indiana Black Farmers Co-op

Indianapolis, IN

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Our mission is educating our community on how to grow and preserve their own food and to improve soil and crop health. Engaging our youth in activities and programs that foster cooperative community farming and money management. Collaborating with urban farmers to increase the quality and quantity of nutrient-rich, wholesome, and natural produce in food deserts.

 

Our vision is transforming black lives by making a direct correlation between healthy eating habits, learning abilities, and overall good health.

Iowa

42. Minerva’s Meadow

We are a no-till organic flower farm that highlights the prairie and all of nature’s beauty.  We grow cut flowers, raise bees, and sell direct to customers.

It all started as a dream - to live and work in a bucolic setting with family and friends surrounding us. In 2019 we were able to find a property that would work for us!

In 2020, we launched Minerva’s Meadow, LLC.  We have grown in many ways since our founding, and gone through much evolution, not to mention some real challenges. Still, we rise. We look forward to growing seeds with you all.

Kentucky

43. Russellville Urban Gardening Project, Inc.

Russellville, KY

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Russellville Urban Gardening Project, Inc. (RUGP), is an urban gardening/farming program located in Russellville, Kentucky. Since 2012, RUGP has expanded to include partnerships with Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky, Logan County Extension 4-H, the City of Russellville, and Russellville Independent School. The three-acre garden sits in the middle of the African American community and includes an acre dedicated to a traditional tilled garden, a separate children’s garden with raised beds, two high tunnels, a stage, and a handcrafted bench framed around a huge tree designed by Kentucky folk artist Willie Roscoe.

Louisiana

44. Backyard Gardeners Network

The Backyard Gardeners Network is a Lower 9th Ward based nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain and strengthen the historically self-sufficient and deeply rooted community of the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, LA using our own food growing traditions as a platform to build community, revitalize the neighborhood and preserve our cultural heritage. We currently manage two community gardens in the Lower 9th Ward, the Laurentine Ernst Community Garden and the Guerrilla Garden, and are spearheading the development of the Ernst Garden Resource Center.

Maryland

45. Black Yield Institute

Transforming the current food system will require more than platitudes and rhetorical assertions. Land grants from elected officials, financial support from philanthropic and corporate partners and the organizing of African descendants and allies are all concerted efforts necessary to realize such a vision. Black Yield Institute is committed to shifting the political discourse and building a human rights movement to address food insecurity and disproportionate distribution of land and community wealth. We are committed to systemic and structural transformation and will utilize diverse approaches, including coalition building, social planning, community organizing, legislative advocacy and community-based participatory action research. Black Yield Institute is committed to planning, implementing and evaluating a strategic plan (blueprint) with other entities and independent people of African descent. We will also support existing and develop future programs, projects, ventures and organizations, in order to materialize a vision of Black Land and Food Sovereignty. Our areas of praxis (reflection and action) include, but not limited to: research/knowledge creation; urban agriculture; cooperative economic development, social planning and community organizing; and political education and community building.

46. Black Church Food Security Network

The Black Church Food Security Network utilizes an asset-based approach in organizing and linking the vast resources of historically African American congregations in rural and urban communities to advance food and land sovereignty.

Our Black Farmer Directory has more than 60 Black farmers from across the country ready to connect with you, your church, community, or organization.

47. Earth-Bound Building

Brandywine, MD

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Earth-Bound Building is a collective of skilled builders, crafts-people and farmers founded in 2014.  Our Cooperative flowered out of the Black Dirt Farm Collective and the primary observation that functional, durable and ecological farm and land infrastructure lies at the heart of a just and thriving sustainable food system. 

 

Today, we've incorporated the principles of Ecological Building, Craft and Cooperative Economics to our fundamental mission and practice. We specialize in Timber Framing, Natural Building (think straw-bale and clay plaster!), and Agricultural Infrastructure that serves the needs of our farming and rural communities and offers functional and aesthetic value.

 

We strongly value people over profit and use the business as a means to achieve long-term goals of land sovereignty and Just Transition as outlined by our close allies at the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA).   Earth-Bound Building is also a member of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives and the National Black Food and Justice Alliance

48. Deep Roots Farm

Upper Marlboro, MD

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Deep Roots Farm is a regenerative ''O'', women owned and operated farm located in Brandywine and Upper Marlboro, MD.  We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers, and raise chickens on 50 acres for our community. 

Regenerative "O" describes a holistic approach to farming that encourages continuous innovation and improvement of environmental, social, and economic measures.

49. Backyard Basecamp

Baltimore City, MD

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Inspiring Black, Indigenous, and all People of Color (BIPOC) across Baltimore City to find nature where they are and empowering them to explore further.

 

Backyard Basecamp was founded, and is operated, by Atiya Wells. A pediatric nurse with a passion to introduce, educate, and connect families in Baltimore, especially those of color, to local outdoor spaces.

 

While learning more about our natural world, she often noticed that she could count the number of BIPOC folks in the room on one hand. Diving into research and history, she learned that ancestral wounding and historical trauma are key players in the lack of diversity in nature-based programming.

 

She has dedicated her time to slowly introducing BIPOC folks to nature by starting with nature walks in their own neighborhoods, eventually embarking on a journey into the many wild spaces across Baltimore.

50. Afro-Vegan Society

Afro-Vegan Society is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to provide resources and support to help people in marginalized communities transition to vegan living.

Since people in marginalized communities are often overlooked by those doing vegan advocacy, people in these communities have little or no access to information that would help them to make healthier, kinder, more sustainable choices. Afro-Vegan Society exists to make sure this information is available and accessible to everyone!

51. New Brooklyn Farms

Mount Rainier, MD

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NEW BROOKLYN FARMS, Benefit LLC is an independently owned/operated urban farm & green event space, located on a formerly vacant residential land lot in the heart of Washington DC suburb Mount Rainier, MD

 

​Drawing on synergies with young renaissances in real estate investment, food security, community preservation, urbanization, and smart technology, NEW BROOKLYN FARMS is proud to offer perspective on the feasibility of a unique urban agriculture business model and serve as an ambassador of the larger "green economy".

​NEW BROOKLYN FARMS namesake pays homage to one of the most culturally & economically progressive cities in the world - Brooklyn, New York.

Michigan

52. D-Town Farm

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN) is a coalition of organizations and individuals working together to build food security in Detroit’s Black community by: 1) influencing public policy; 2) promoting urban agriculture; 3) encouraging cooperative buying; 4) promoting healthy eating habits; 5) facilitating mutual support and collective action among members; and 6) encouraging young people to pursue careers in agriculture, aquaculture, animal husbandry, bee-keeping and other food related fields.

Minnesota

53. Divine Natural Ancestry

Minneapolis, MN

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Divine Natural Ancestry is a collective of three spiritual kinfolk living on stolen Dakota Oyate ancestral, and Anishinaabe land. We are dedicated to choosing life, love, and healing through Radical Liberation. We are stewards of the earth, healers, creators, warriors, and visionaries. We are called to use our gifts to continue our ancestors' Revolution and heal trauma both interpersonally and communally. We believe that the basis of all physical, spiritual, and emotional healing comes from connection to the physical and metaphysical land we inhabit. As our society destroys more and more of our earth and our connection to land, food, and medicine, it inhibits our ability to heal and dismantle trauma. It takes us further and further from truth. We are warriors for truth.

Mississippi

54. Sipp Culture

The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) is honoring the history and building the future of Utica, MS. Our work weaves together research, development, and local agriculture with contemporary media & storytelling to promote the legacy and vision of our hometown. Our place-based model program will promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of low- and moderate-income people through education, technical assistance, training, and mentoring in agribusiness. Additionally, it will work with the community to create an advocacy base to lobby and establish increased broadband access in this rural community – a key to sustainable community development in the 21st century.

55. Foot Print Farms, LLC

Foot Print Farms, LLC founded in 2010 by CEO Dr. Cindy Ayers Elliott is a 68 acre specialty crops, vegetables and livestock farm with a focus on agri-tourism for community development in the City of Jackson. Foot Print farms grows an array of fruits and vegetables, raising chickens, cattle, horses and meat goats. She believes that planting a seed in the earth will grow fresh vegetables however, planting a seed in the minds of young people will create a new universe of scholars.

56. Mississippi Association of Cooperatives

The Mississippi Association of Cooperatives (MAC) was established in 1972 as an affiliate of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (1967). A nonprofit organization, MAC serves farmers, their families and communities in increasing their livelihood security and improving quality of life. Building from a tradition steeped in the Civil Rights Movement, MAC provides technical assistance and advocates for the needs of its members in the areas of cooperative development and networking, sustainable production, marketing and community food security.

Missouri

57. Shire Gate Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Owensville, Missouri; Shire Gate has quickly become the industry's highest standard of humanely raised, antibiotic and hormone free, natural grass-fed beef.  Having built his career playing a highly physical and competitive sport, Will Witherspoon, former NFL linebacker, is especially aware of the health benefits of pasture-based, high-welfare farming.

New Jersey

58. Free Haven Farms

Free Haven Educational Farms is a special place, for many different reasons. Supplying healthy produce to the community, especially those places we see affected most because of lack of access to healthy food, is our primary objective.

What we've been able to find is that in these communities, providing the food is only addressing maybe half of the issue. Creating the long term improvements we are hoping to see, we realized that we would have to focus on education, the youth, the elders, and everyone in between. We have been able to focus on collaborations that can help us achieve our goal. We were going to have to make ourselves extremely accessible, and in a lot of cases, bring it to the people. Bring them the food, the education, the awareness, the opportunities.

There are now few black farmers, and even fewer that are interested in educating their community, building bridges instead of walls. What we are seeking is financial backing through the ones that are in support of the unique work we do. Finances to expand and continue the work of taking care of those that need it the most first.

New Mexico

59. Ayaora

Chaparral, NM

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We are a diverse, multi-generational team dedicated to the conscious cultivation of hemp, craft of artisanal alchemy and embodiment of creative sovereignty.

New York

60. East New York Farms!

The mission of East New York Farms! is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development. East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.  We have been working with youth, gardeners, farmers, and entrepreneurs to build a more just and sustainable community since 1998

61. Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center Inc.

Brooklyn, NY

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Vision: To build community pride, provide healthy provisions to our neediest residents, encourage youth empowerment and develop a communal culture towards land use and community health.  Brooklyn Rescue Mission was founded in 2002 by a group of clergy and community workers with a vision to service the hungry, hurting and homeless people of Central Brooklyn with healthy fresh food and clean warm clothing. The mission’s founders helped many poor working families, predominantly headed by low wage earners, by providing food outreach and clothing assistance. Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Inc. was successfully formed and now assists families living in a community where many of the residents are one paycheck away from homelessness.

62. Soul Fire Farm

Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. We are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

63. Black Urban Growers

New York City, NY

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Black Urban Growers (BUGS) is an organization committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective Black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.

Our mission is to engage people of African descent in critical food and farm-related issues that directly impact our health, communities, and economic security.

64. Black Farmer Fund

Black Farmer Fund (BFF) is an emerging community investment fund that invests in black food systems entrepreneurs in New York State. Beyond making investments in these communities, we also emphasize building financial education and investment literacy and active involvement of the community when discussing and creating financing options.

Our vision is a thriving, resilient food economy in which the consumers and producers of this black food ecosystem participate as community wealth builders, to repair black communities’ relationship to food and land.  Achieving this vision requires that Black farmers and food business owners benefit equitably from financing, intellectual capital, technical assistance, networking, and public policies.

We are defining wealth beyond financial and intellectual capital to include social capital and ancestral wisdom, to mitigate against climate change, exercise governance, strengthen solidarity, and preserve cultural and ancestral ways of being.

65. Somali Bantu Community Farm

Buffalo, NY

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The Somali Bantu Community Organization of Buffalo, New York (SBCO) is a nonprofit organization which was established in 2007 after obtaining their 501(c)(3). The mission of the organization is to unite, educate, empower, and advocate for refugees and immigrants, while preserving their tradition, language, and culture that bond to a dynamic community. Beginning in the Spring of 2017, the Somali Bantu Organization paired with local farmers in Buffalo to create a community garden. The Somali Bantu Community Garden (SBCG) aims to grow and share food within their community. The Somali Bantu Group's ultimate goals are to be a self-sufficient and hardworking community who work together in order to strengthen and empower each other.

North Carolina

67. Black Family Land Trust, Inc.

Durham, NC

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The Black Family Land Trust, Inc. provides educational, technical, and financial services to ensure, protect, and preserve land ownership for African Americans and other historically under-served landowners. The BFLT currently works primarily in the Southeastern United States, with active projects in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

68. Earthseed Land Collective

MISSION: To remember and reimagine our relationship to ourselves, each other and the land in pursuit and practice of collective liberation.

We believe that creating intergenerational relationships and skill sharing promotes and increases resourcefulness, community wellness, financial independence and self-determination for our current past and future generations. We believe that in cooperation and with analysis of systems of oppression we will create a center for economic liberation and environmental sustainability. 

We believe that lasting systems change and birthing just communities requires us as POC to trust and depend on each other in the face of oppression, fear and risk. We believe that trust is built when we are able to integrate the whole of who we are and to connect to others in their wholeness. Earthseed is a place and a practice to reclaim our cultural and community ways, further bolstering our movements and strategies for justice and equity. We do this by uplifting.

69. Land Loss Prevention Project

The Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) was founded in 1982 by the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers to curtail epidemic losses of Black owned land in North Carolina.  LLPP was incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 1983.  The organization broadened its mission in 1993 to provide legal support and assistance to all financially distressed and limited resource farmers and landowners in North Carolina.

LLPP's advocacy for financially distressed and limited resource farmers involves action in three separate arenas: litigation, public policy, and promoting sustainable agriculture and environment.

70. Oliver’s Agroforest

Wake County, NC

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Oliver’s Agroforest is the rebirth of Olivia Watkins’ family farm in North Carolina. This project resides on land that has been stewarded by the Watkins-Wallace-Nash-Battle family lineage for 130 years and was originally stewarded by the Catawba and Tuscarora peoples prior to land displacement by European settlers. In the 1890s, Olivia’s family came into stewardship of this land as they sought to escape racial violence. Due to the Great Migration, incited by perilous living conditions for Black people in the South, Olivia’s family moved to the northeast in search of safety and economic opportunity. Since then it has since been vacant and managed as a timber farm until April 2019 when Olivia, representing the fifth generation of her family, returned to the land to continue her ancestral legacy as a farmer and forest steward.

71. Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association

Tillery, NC

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BFAA (Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association) is a non-profit organization created to respond to the issues and concerns of Black farmers in the U.S. and abroad. Formed in 1997, the organization boasts a membership of over 1,500 farmers nationwide, and 21 state chapters.

BFAA was also organized to monitor the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the historic 1999 Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Pigford v. Glickman, which was to award 20,000 Black farmers $2.5 billion in damages for loan discrimination practiced committed by the federal government. As of May 2002, only 40% of the 60% of farmers who have filed have received their awards. BFAA is committed to seeing that every Black farmer gets their award settlement and the USDA stops its continuing practices of discrimination against Black farmers.

We invite you to share in our organization's vision to inform, enlighten, and educate the world about the past, present, and future of African-American farmers.

72. Sankofa Farms LLC

Sankofa Farms LLC is a multifaceted agricultural entity that seeks to assist changing the food intake habits of those living in and affected by food deserts. Currently our business offers dehydrated chips, incubated eggs, farm fresh eggs, farm goods, and a summer agricultural program. Within Durham and Orange County I have become aware of the income and food availability gap that exists within minority groups. The goal of Sankofa Farms is to create a sustainable food source for minorities in both rural and urban areas located in Durham and Orange County, North Carolina.

Ohio

73. Rid-All Green Partnership

We have turned an empty and forgotten piece of land in Cleveland’s Kinsman Neighborhood into an urban farm where we grow produce to bring healthy, local food to area institutions and citizens and train others on this work.  We are a Regional Outreach Training Center of Central State University, A 1890 Land Grant recipient and supporter of urban agriculture reform.  We partner with collaborators to educate youth and adults on environmental stewardship, training others to reclaim fallen urban fields and transforming them into productive plots of land that offer healthy local food.

Oregon

74. Mudbone Grown

Mudbone Grown is a black-owned farm enterprise that promotes inter-generational community-based farming that creates measurable and sustainable environmental, social, cultural, and economic impacts in communities. MudBone Grown's work helps to develop and implement workplace-based educational experiences to help teens, young adults, and low-income communities develop marketable careers, education skills that help build and sustain community capacity and place them in local jobs.  By doing this we can succeed in our five-year goal to enhance food security, reduce energy use, improve community health and well-being, and stabilize our communities. 

“We are in the business of growing food, community health, business, and community culture around delivery of the triple bottom line to historically absent or barriered communities.”

75. Zoom Out Mycology

Central Point, OR

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At Zoom Out Mycology our mission is to drive sustainability with fungi! We do this by providing fungi centric products and programs geared towards the appreciation and awareness of applied mycology as a path toward sustainability. We recognize the four dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social, economic, and institutional). We sell educational services and experiences in addition to medicinal mushroom tea and mushroom spawn for growing mushrooms at home on a small to medium scale.

Pennsylvania

76. Mill Creek Urban Farm

Mill Creek Urban Farm is an educational farm and environmental education center located in West Philadelphia. We are dedicated to improving local access to fresh, chemical-free produce at low cost for the immediate Mill Creek community and surrounding neighborhoods. We are a people of color-led non-profit organization in service of communities of color in need of basic resources. Mill Creek Urban Farm is dedicated to cultivating a healthy environment, growing strong communities and promoting a just and sustainable food system.

77. The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden

Philadelphia, PA

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The Bartrams’ agricultural legacy and our modern commitment to food sovereignty take root at the Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden. After several years of transition, the farm is now firmly rooted at Bartram’s Garden and in our Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, with an African focus for our work, strong local leadership guiding our vision, and renewed resources and partnerships to sustain youth development, community health, and food sovereignty.

78. Soil Generation

Philadelphia, PA

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Soil Generation is a Black & Brown-led coalition of gardeners, farmers, individuals, and community-based organizations working to ensure people of color regain community control of land and food, to secure access to the resources necessary to determine how the land is used, address community health concerns, grow food and improve the environment. We will reach these goals through relationship building, honoring culture, community education, organizing, activism and advocacy: a People’s Agroecology.

South Carolina

79. Fresh Future Farm

Fresh Future Farm is a Black led mutual aid non-profit with the goal of providing high quality groceries, jobs and an urban farm training center that educates and inspires South Carolina's underserved, new farmers and disadvantaged family farmers with profitable agricultural techniques and a statewide coalition that reclaims underused resources and economic opportunities.

Our farm is located in the heart of the Chicora/Cherokee neighborhood. The residents are our neighbors. We prioritize them in all aspects of our work. We purposely create a welcoming, safe, inspiring space filled with shiny groceries, friendly faces, and art that celebrates the history of the space we steward. Our neighbors get first access to the Farm’s produce, eggs, and value-added products. Our sliding scale grocery store model allows each resident to define what affordable groceries mean to them.

Virginia

80. National Black Farmers Association

Baskerville, VA

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The mission of the National Black Farmers Association is to encourage the participation of small and disadvantaged farmers in gaining access to resources of state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. To communicate and educate our community through effective outreach and technical assistance.

John W. Boyd Jr. is a fourth generation farmer as well as one of America's most effective defenders of civil rights. He has been featured in The Washington Post, "60 Minutes," "Nightline," CNN and as ABC News Tonight's "Person of the Week." He is a past nominee for the NAACP's highest honor, The Springarn Award, and currently ranks as one of Ebony Magazine's most influential African-Americans.

Washington

81. Black Farmers Collective

The Black Farmers Collective is a group of urban food system activists dedicated to providing opportunities to improve the health of our communities through all aspects of the food system. We are growers, sellers, preparers, educators and eaters. Our vision is based on the need for a place for African American leadership on the land, the Kwanzaa principle of cooperative economics, and the realization that mitigating the climate crisis requires action to support local production, carbon sequestration, and natural habitat creation.

Washington DC

82. Three Part Harmony Farm

Three Part Harmony Farm is part of a community that grows, sells and eats healthy food. Local food production through urban farming saves energy and promotes food sovereignty by taking a step towards breaking the dependence on a fragile and increasingly unwieldy global food system.  Three Part Harmony Farm exists to grow food for people, but it also exists in part to challenge our assumptions on how urban farms should look. It intentionally seeks to create a viable and just local food economy while at the same time dismantling racism and the ever present, entrenched forms of oppression in that same food system.

83. Dreaming Out Loud Inc.

DOL is rebuilding urban, community-based food systems through cooperative social enterprise: increasing access to healthy food, improving community health, supporting entrepreneurs and cooperatives from low-income communities; and creating opportunities for at-risk residents to earn sustainable, family-supporting wages and build wealth. We believe that all communities deserve equal access to fresh, healthy food choices, but that achieving this requires moving beyond the “access” paradigm to a focus on community self-determination and food sovereignty. We are working to create an integrated pipeline to jobs, economic opportunity, and community wealth-building for our most marginalized communities, utilizing the food system as the catalyst.

84. National Black Growers Council

Our mission is simple: to improve the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of black row crop farmers.

We simply love farming.

We are multigenerational producers who advocate for the best interests of Black farmers locally, statewide, and nationally. We promote agriculture in the United States and abroad.

Our Board of Directors consists of 12 farmers who operate farms in 11 southern states from Virginia to Texas. Collectively, our Board farms nearly 60,000 acres of row crops.

The NBGC was organized to represent the unique needs of full-time Black farmers. We have formed partnerships with each other, with majority farmers, and with corporations, because together, we all contribute to the global food supply

85. Soilful City

Washington DC

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Soilful seeks to bring justice to communities and heal the sacred relationship between communities of African descent and Mother earth. Soilful views farming not only as a way to cultivate food and sovereignty for communities, but as a way to heal and rebuild our souls. We utilize the agricultural and the political principles of Agroecology to work in solidarity with under-resourced communities to develop a collective consciousness about restoring bodies, families, communities, and the land in which they live and to create harmony amongst individuals, communities, and the natural world.

Nationwide

86. The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust

The Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC Ltd.) is a hybrid model land trust, bringing together a community land trust model and a conservation land trust model to reimagine land access as well as conservation and stewardship of communities and ecosystems with the goal of manifesting a community vision that uplifts global Indigenous, Black, and POC relationships with land, skills, and lifeways.

 

Our Vision: To advance land sovereignty in the Northeast region through permanent and secure land tenure for Indigenious, Black, Latinx, and Asian farmers and land stewards who will use the land in a sacred manner that honors our ancestors' dreams - for sustainable farming, human habitat, ceremony, native ecosystem restoration, and cultural preservation.

87. Black Farmers’ Network

Black Farmers’ Network (BFN) is a site for rural, African-American farmers to share stories, products and services in a now digital-driven economy. In an effort to change the narrative of Rural America, the network also documents the agribusiness successes of these first-year to centennial farmers — farmers who have had to confront a discriminating history for centuries in America’s Black Belt Region. BFN formed to not only report on these experiences but provide 21st-century marketing and branding strategies to help their rural enterprises grow and sustain online.

88. F.A.R.M.S.

F.A.R.M.S is a legal non-profit, committed to assisting farmers and landowners retain land for future use of next generation farmer.

Land loss is an epidemic that has plagued Black farmers and landowners. Every month, 30,000 acres of Black landownership is lost primarily due to non-payment of property tax, eminent domain, unprofitable business models, discrimination, generational out-migration, and lack of estate planning.