What happens when an innovative urban farm that centers ancestral conservation practices and food sovereignty partners with two rural farmers passionate about building a rich agricultural landscape for themselves and other new farmers? Pure synergy! Fresh Future Farm (FFF) is partnering with GreenWealth Farm, a 20-acre budding farm in the Midlands, to launch an initiative aimed at training Black farmers in ancestral land stewardship concepts. The project kicks off with a two-day session on September 19th and 20th.
In early December, participants will take a field trip to a North Carolina intentional living community. There are also five monthly virtual cohort meetings and another onsite class at GreenWealth planned in April, dates and times TBD. The fee for the seven month program is $100.
“We’ve received numerous teaching requests from socially disadvantaged farmers,” said FFF Founder Germaine Jenkins. “This pilot land stewardship training equips them with skills and network needed to build robust operations. There’s an awesome canvas at GreenWealth Farm to dream up systems from ground level that are magical and familiar.”
Participants are chosen through an application process that includes a one-page form, video essay, and 50% deposit of program fees. Due to historic exclusion of Blackness from public and private spaces, this training is open to rural farmers who identify as Black or African-American in SC, NC and GA. Those interested can contact Fresh Future Farm at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is Friday, September 3, 2021.
About Fresh Future Farm
Fresh Future Farm provides a multi-prong approach to address food access, education, health and wealth issues by creating jobs and supporting micro-entrepreneurial opportunities that keep dollars circulating in underserved communities.
For more information about Fresh Future Farm, please visit https://www.freshfuturefarm.org/
About GreenWealth Farm
GreenWealth Farm was born in 2014 out of Anik and Brayan Elsi’s dream of a farming future. They are creating a relaxing, educational grower hub and retreat space for Black farmers across the southeast.
For more information about GreenWealth Farm, follow them on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/greenwealthfarm/