It’s an uphill battle to find people of color that have an interest in farming. I think it gets back to what I call the “anti-agricultural Blacklash” where Black folks are still equating farming with slavery. But nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, it is hard work, but at least we are doing for self.
I align with Dr. Ridgley’s belief of “Do For Self.” I believe what we are advocating for is larger than just farming; it’s a return to agrarianism. A lifestyle that is about choice and is the basis for restructuring the African American community in a way that will create value and be lasting and inheritable, passing that wealth on.
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