The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is presented by Black Urban Growers (BUGS), an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.
In November of 2009, this
alliance began organizing and hosting a series of community events with the
purpose of starting a conversation around food: Where does it come from? Who is providing it?
Why don’t we see more black farmers at the farmers markets? What is the relationship between our
individual health and the health of our communities, and why does it matter?
At the first annual Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference in November 2010, more than 500 attendees began building a national network that includes producers, consumers, and everyone in between in creating sustainable solutions. This vital project continued at the second annual conference in October 2011.
Based in the New York City Metropolitan area, Black Urban Growers' founding members include representatives from the following grassroots groups, non-profit organizations as well as individuals from our communities:
Volunteer Planning Committee