African-American farmers make up less than 2 percent of all farmers in the United States and it is reported that racial discrimination within USDA programs is responsible for this decline. The promise of 40 acres and a mule never materialized. Now we are faced with food shortages due to the economic downturn related to COVID-19, which makes growing food and having access to healthy food a matter of survival. The goal of many black and brown communities is to be a catalyze for food entrepreneurship and to build self-sustaining infrastructures that are community-owned.
The goal of this panel of farmers, operators and policy experts is to explore and uplift strategies that will lead to the acquisition of land for BIPOC communities.