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Every (Farmer’s) Vote Counts: Candidate Highlight of Dorathy Barker

Dorothy Barker

In our “Every (Farmer’s) Vote Counts” series, we here at RAFI have been spreading the word about ongoing FSA county committee elections.  

As part of our Farmer Leadership Network, we support family farmers to become more involved in the groups that make decisions  about their farms and their livelihoods.

We are currently supporting a few candidates who are running for their local FSA county committees.


What is your name, and where do you farm?
My name is Dorathy Barker, and we farm in Granville County.

How long have you been farming?
Since 1976.

What kind of farm do you run?
My husband Philip and I have a dairy and vegetable operation.

Why are you running for county committee?
I am running to get the information out to those who need it and to stand up for smaller black farmers, small farmers in general, and the socially disadvantaged.

What do you think qualifies you for the position?
I have over 40 years of farming experience, I am part owner, and I have a long history of farm advocacy for small farmers and farm programs.

Learn more about how to vote and our Farmer Leadership Network here.

Contact: 
Tahz Walker 
Program Manager & Farmer Liaison 
Farmer Leadership Network Initiative 
Email: [email protected] 
Tel: (919) 548-6825 

RAFI-USA staff are currently working remotely. As we plan for how COVID-19 will change both how we do our work, and what work needs to be done, please know that we are still here. Our Farmer Hotline (866-586-6746) will operate from Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Stay tuned for more updates and information.
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