America’s Black Farmers on the Rise
They’re planting seeds of change. From New York to Mississippi, minority-led farms are sprouting up across America. After decades of Jim Crow–era laws, regulations favoring big business over small-scale farms, and discriminatory lending practices, a 1982 commission predicted there would be no Black farmers by the year 2000. Today there are 44,000, a 15 percent increase since 2002. With incremental changes, legal victories and leadership from unions like the National Black Farmers Association, today’s growers are changing historic narratives of Black farm labor into something more positive — and fruitful.