Food justice is racial justice. Food and agriculture, like everything in this country, is very intertwined with the history of slavery and structural racism rooted in our country. Our food system actively silences, marginalizes, and disproportionately affects people of color, who are also living the hardest hit by COVID-19.
As Americans rise to respond to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others, and to the continuing violence, oppression and brutality in the Black community, we hope this list of organizations works to strengthen justice food, land access and food access in the Black community will inform, inspire and energize you to emerge for racial justice.
Collector of Black Dirt Farming is a collection of farmers, educators, scientists, agrarians, seed keepers, organizers, and black researchers who guide the process of political education.
Black Urban Gardeners and Farmers Cooperative of Pittsburgh working with the Black community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to grow food and to share Black cultural traditions through agriculture, youth programs, and policy work. Read more.
Black Urban Farmers (BUG) committed to building networks and community support for farmers in urban and rural environments. Through education and advocacy around food and agriculture issues, this fosters Black’s shared leadership.
Castanea friendship offering two-year scholarships for diverse leaders who work for racially equitable food systems in the fields of health, environment, agriculture, regional economics, or other community development. Read more.
Directions for Cooperative Food Empowerment (CoFED) are freaks and transgender people from color-led organizations that partner with young people of color to build food and land cooperatives.
Detroit Black Community Food Safety Network ensuring that the Detroit African-American population participates in the food movement through urban agriculture, the highly anticipated youth education program and the Detroit People’s Food Cooperative. Read more.
Family Agricultural Resource Management Services (FARMS) is a legitimate, non-profit organization committed to helping black farmers and landowners defend their land for the next generation. Read more.
Federation of Southern Cooperatives / Land Assistance Funds is a non-profit association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives, with a main membership base in South America.
Food Chain Workers Alliance is a coalition of workers-based organizations whose members plant, harvest, process, pack, transport, prepare, serve and sell food, organize to improve wages and working conditions for all workers along the food chain. Read more.
Food First work to end the injustices that cause hunger through research, education, and action.
HEAL Food Alliance bringing together groups from various sectors of the movement for food justice and agriculture to grow community power, develop political leadership, and expose and limit corporate control over the food system. Read more.
Land Loss Prevention Project respond to the unprecedented loss of Black land in North Carolina by providing comprehensive legal services and technical support to financially limited and limited resource farmers and landowners. Read more.
National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States.
National Black Food and Justice Alliance organizing Black food and land, by increasing the visibility of Black visionary leadership, advancing the struggle of black people for a just and sustainable community, and building strength in our food and land management system. Read more.
New Land Trusteeship Community 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. Read more.
Northeast Farmers from Color Land Trust promote land sovereignty in the Northeast through permanent and secure land tenure for indigenous, Black, Latin and Asian farmers and land managers.
South African American Organic Farmers Network is a regional network for black farmers who are committed to using ecologically sustainable practices to manage land, grow food, and raise healthy animals for humans and the planet. Read more.
Want more? Read our coverage of many useful effort to expose and overcome structural injustices in the food system.
Top photo: Protesters march in Philadelphia on June 1, after widespread riots following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others.
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