Category Archives: Social Justice

African American Organic Farmers

In this 2010 piece African American Organic Farmers, Mark Winne, whose work examines food and social justice, writes from the dappled sunlight and live oaks of the Savannah’s Forsyth Farmers’ Market describing what appeared to him to be a renaissance of long-disenfranchised African-American farmers – there were “1 million African-American farmers in 1920, 29,000 in 2010” he writes, who have taken matters into their own hands. That culture, world-view, and experience nearly extinguished, is being fanned back to life by the ag. education and advocacy group and southern foodways non-profit, Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network, SAAFON, whose WordPress site, now five years on, linkless and neglected, may or may not be extant. What has become of these farmers? Are they using Georgia Cooperative Extension? Is main-stream ag education and a newly -inclusive organic farming community supporting them?

The Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON) is a network of farmers using sustainable growing methods. The Network is comprised of small and limited resource farmers that are either certified organic or growing organically.