On July 13 at 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Farmers of Color Network (FOCN) will host its second Farmers & Buyers Connect event at Piney Wood Park in Durham, NC (400 East Woodcroft Parkway). The event gives farmers of color, churches, farmers markets, and retail and wholesale buyers in the Piedmont region of the state an opportunity to build relationships that broaden the visibility and strengthen market access for farmers of color throughout the state.
RAFI-USA's new blog series, Flaws in the Food System - 2020 Was Just an Alarm Bell, will lift up the stories of farmers, farmers markets, and other stakeholders who have received direct service support or grant funds from RAFI-USA over the years. Their stories illustrate how systemic and institutional inequities affect their lives and work.
On May 21 the USDA announced loan payments for BIPOC farmers with qualifying direct or guaranteed loans. On June 10, a federal judge handed down a restraining order, temporarily halting the payment program. Here's RAFI-USA's response.
Juneteenth is a reminder of the larger struggle of resistance and determination that is evident in Black communities on a daily basis, notably with Black farmers. Today, as BIPOC farmers fight for debt relief from years of systematic discrimination, we remember that this holiday is also an appreciation for the long struggle Black people have endured in this county, even in the midst of complicated histories and intentions.
The Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA) today announced that Natalie Baszile and Dr. Norbert Wilson will give the keynote addresses at the 2022 Come to the Table (CTTT) Conference.