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  • Writer's pictureSonya Thompson

Food Security

Food security is strongest when food is produced and distributed locally. Locally grown food is fresher and more nutritious. It builds the local economy as money circulates to farmers and businesses in the area. And it helps build relationships among people, making for stronger and healthier communities.

According to the USDA in 1920, there were 949,889 African American farmers in the United States. Now of 3.4 million farmers, only 1.3%, or 45,508 are African American.

We need to create a production farm that teaches farmers how to grow and manage a food crop from seed to harvest, then to local markets. We must restore the participation and culture of African American farming and create infrastructures of food independence & security.

What are your thoughts about planting a community garden? What can we do to provide food security during winter months? Post your thoughts and ideas on this blog.

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