About the Conference

The Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference is a gathering to enhance the critical relationship between food and health in the Black community by empowering growers, eaters and activists. 

The conference strengthens networks and inspires new ideas among people working across disciplines to address the food-related issues that contribute to inequities in health, wealth and justice in black communities.  These inequities are well documented:

Our farmers are in peril:

  • In 1920, over 14% of U.S, farmers were African American.[i]
  • In 2007, less than 2% of U.S. farmers are African American.[ii]
  • Only 110 of more than 56,000 farmers in New York State are African American.[iii]

Our communities are malnourished:

  • Nationally, the typical low-income neighborhood has 30 percent fewer supermarkets than higher-income neighborhoods. [iv]

Our health is suffering:

  • Nearly 50% of African American children will develop diabetes at some point in their lives.[v]
  • About four out of five African American women are overweight or obese.[vi]
    In 2007, African Americans were 1.4 times as likely to be obese as Non- Hispanic Whites.[vii]
  • Deaths from heart disease and stroke are almost twice the rate for African Americans as compared to Whites.[viii]

2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference
The 2013 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference will be held on November 8 - 10, 2013 in New York City.

2011 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

The 2011 conference launched with an intimate fundraiser at Kiosk in Harlem, New York on Friday, October 14, where presenters and sponsors networked and enjoyed traditional Moroccan food and entertainment.   On Saturday, October 15, Audrey Rowe, Food and Nutrition Service Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and K. Rashid Nuri, founder of Truly Living Well in Atlanta, GA, opened a full day of more than 20 workshops at Hostos Community College in Bronx, New York.  Sold-out tours of community gardens and farms in Brooklyn, Harlem, the Bronx and New Jersey drew dozens of attendees on Saturday and Sunday.  For more information about the 2011 conference, download our 2011 Conference Journal or read about or 2011 conference schedule, 2011 workshop descriptions and 2011 presenters.

2010 Black Farmers and Urban Gardeners Conference

Our first annual conference drew more than 500 attendees and featured keynote speaker Will Allen, MacArthur Fellow and Growing Power, Inc. Founder and CEO.  Download our 2010 Conference Journal to read more about last year’s event by clicking on the attachment below.

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[i] Ponder, Henry. "Prospects for Black Farmers in the Years Ahead." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 53, No. 2 (May, 1971), pp. 297-301 

(article consists of 5 pages) Published by: Blackwell Publishing on behalf of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association  Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1237446


[ii] 2007            Census            of Agriculture,

[iii] 2007            Census            of Agriculture,

[v] K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD; James P. Boyle, PhD; Theodore J. Thompson, MS; Stephen W. Sorensen, PhD; David F. Williamson, PhD

JAMA. 2003;290:1884-1890.

[vii] Source:  CDC 2009.  Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: 2007.  Table 31.

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