Black farm incubator seeks to bring racial equity back to farming in eastern North Carolina ::

– Black farmers have lost 90% of their land in the United States over the past century, according to a report by Modern Farmer magazine, so a farm in Edgecombe County is trying to bring racial equity back to farming in the rural areas of North Carolina.

Golden Organic Farm has created an incubator to help future black farmers learn about farming.

“We know our past and the story we’ve all been through, but we’re focusing more now on what we can create,” said Kendrick Ransome, owner of Golden Organic Farm, on Thursday.

A 2020 report from the National Young Farmers Coalition found that 98% of all American farmland is owned by white owners.

Ransome’s farm near Pinetops has been in his family for over a century, but during this time most other black farmers have been unable to keep their land.

“There have been quite a few struggles,” he said, “over white supremacy and other types of systematic racism that have been created to keep farmers out and keep farmers away from it. Earth “.

Black farmers were facing higher prices for seeds, feed and fertilizers, for example, which pushed many of them to agriculture, he said, creating a lack of resources. that still exist.

“Just hearing about a lot of traumas that our ancestors went through, you know, that’s what keeps me going all the time,” Ransome said.

Golden Organic now offers agricultural workshops, equipment sharing programs, and even a box of community products using the fruits and vegetables that young farmers have grown.

“I understand how, a lot of the risk that comes with it, you know, a lot of the determination that you have to have to make it work. So we are teaching that here: to strive and continue to be the best that you can, even if you lack resources, ”he said. “Agriculture is not easy in agriculture. So we’re just here to find the resources [and] to bring resources to our community and share them with them.

A full-time farmer for two years, Ransome said he hopes to transition completely from farming to teaching by 2023.

“In five years, if our farmers and gardeners have the equipment they need [and] the infrastructure they need will help us be competitive and support our families for the next five to 500 years, ”he said.

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