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:
Our communities are malnourished:
Our health is suffering:
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
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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
[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
[vi] Source: OWH, 2007. http://www.4women.gov/minority/africanamerican/obesity.cfm
Source: CDC 2009. Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults:
2007. Table 31.