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Impact and Testimonials

“We provide good nutritious food to our community. With the added pest protection we can build with this grant funding, we plan to more than double our current production next season. Our customers are continually asking for more, and now we will be able to meet their demand. We are excited about our growth potential.” Tom and Linda Savage, Black organic farmers, Infrastructure Fund grantees

“It was great to be in a room full of farmers of color and to have an event that focused on connecting local farmers of color with local buyers. The Triangle has so much more potential to support all local farms than what is currently being actualized.”Carolyn Twesten, Merchandiser for Weaver Street Market

“There aren’t often spaces where produce buyers and local farmers of color have the time to interact on such an intimate level. I was able to make connections with farmers that weren’t in my network prior to the event.”Alex Borst, Happy Dirt (formerly Eastern Carolina Organics)

“What this event [Farmers & Buyers Connect Event] impressed upon me is not a need to just create opportunities for black people in food production and food-related businesses, but to shed light on the hands, bodies, and minds who have been living this work … so we are able to find the struggles that persist in inhibiting the forward progression and growth of black farmers. We know the wealth of history that black bodies have contributed to agriculture and food production in our Nation, but what we don’t know or don’t have regular access to is the knowledge and resources of what it takes to connect desperate people today. [Today] dozens of black people spoke up about their needs and challenges as farmers, entrepreneurs, and business owners who have obviously met many walls and dead ends in their pursuit to accessing resources. … It felt like the personification of the old saying ‘you can’t know where you are going, if you don’t know where you have been.” – Raafe-Ahmaad Purnsley, Community Outreach Coordinator, Durham Coop Market

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