On a breezy, early fall day, Farmers of Color Network staff members joined farmers Steve and Elke McCalla at their Rocky Ridge Farm in Louisburg, NC for a small farmer brigade. Neighbor and friend Ken Daniels was there to pitch in as well.
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.
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.