Why SC Black Farmers Conference?
In the midst of an outbreak, the 2020 SC BFC will still go on as a webinar!
While there are hundreds of uncertainties with COVID-19, there is one thing that is certain - marginalized people, especially those in the Black communities, are woefully unprepared for this crisis.
Grocery store shelves are empty and our neighbors will need to eat healthy food even as they are quarantined in their homes. There is a captive audience of young people who can be exposed to farming as a career. As Black farmers, we have the capacity to keep our operations active and have a positive impact on the health of our neighbors on a long and short term basis. NOW IS THE TIME for us to share and enhance our skills and bring back cooperative models of living and caring for one another.
The south needs more young, black farmers. Only 1.3% of US farm producers are black. That's only 45,508 out of almost 4 million total producers. To make matters worse, southern states have, on average, older producers with the average age of farm producers in US being 57.5. Years of generational knowledge of farming will be lost if we do not share it with black youth and work to support those that are established.
- 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture Highlights
Germaine Jenkins and the Fresh Future Farm team advocate for the strengthening of the Black farming and food entrepreneur industry. She created the SC Black Farmers Conference as an extension of that effort. The SC Black Farmers Conference (SCBFC) brings an intergenerational mix of experts from across the country to share best practices. The result is an expanded food literacy leveraged into a chance to connect around shared advocacy and economic opportunity.
This year's theme is a Farm Family Reunion. Our mission is to grow farmers in community by:
- creating a connected Black farmer and food entrepreneur advocacy network
providing tools, knowledge, and technical support to strengthen farming practices
building and cultivating inter-generational connections
celebrate and reinvigorate the rich tradition of Black farming
March 29, 2020
March 30, 2020
9:00 - 11:30 AM
10:00 AM -- Noon
2:00 - 5:00 PM
1:00 - 2:00 PM
White Allies for Black Food Sovereignty
2:00 - 5:00 PM