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Black and African American food sovereignty resources

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Access the Webinar – Building Partnerships to Support Food Sovereignty in African American Communities and learn about how and why African American communities are working together to enhance their food sovereignty.

Alice’s Garden, Milwaukee provides models of regenerative farming, community cultural development, and economic agricultural enterprises for the global landscape. They recognize the cultivating, preparing, and preserving of food, and food traditions, as cultural arts to be reclaimed and celebrated fully in urban agriculture.

The 40 Acres & A Mule Project in La Crosse came into existence when the efforts of a Black restaurant owner in the Coulee Region began to generate interest in the form of monetary support. The owner focuses on community revitalization through storytelling and civic projects.

The Sherman Phoenix in Milwaukee transformed the fire-damaged BMO Harris Bank building located at the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood into high-quality space for small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities. Updates to the neighborhood include much-needed community spaces to curate art exhibits, film showings, and cultural events.

Groundwork Milwaukee is a nonprofit organization and land trust. Their work is primarily done through:

  • the transformation of brownfields into community spaces including gardens, orchards, art exhibits, and gathering places
  • the facilitation of programs that are designed to educate, train, and empower at-risk youth, community members, veterans, and volunteers
  • the protection of urban waters through the installation of rain water harvesting structures, the strategic integration of green infrastructure, and habitat restoration for aquatic native species

The National Black Farmers Association is a non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States.

National Black Food & Justice Alliance (NBFJA)  NBFJA is a coalition of Black-led organizations advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, building Black institutions and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. NBFJA seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for Black food and land, increasing visibility of Black-led narratives and cultural strategy work, advancing Black-led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land-based rights work. You’ll find many resources on their website.

Land and Reparations Resources

Black Land and Power (BLP) is building infrastructure to provide and share technical skills, resources, legal support and organizing strategies to connect our network. Together we are taking land off of the speculative market and into the commons, thereby building power and creating spaces for:

  • Healing and Health Systems
  • Agroecology Farming and Food Systems
  • Education and Organizing Spaces
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sanctuary and Sacred Space
  • Community Safety and Security

Black Land and Power is a project of the National Black Food Justice Alliance (NBFJA) which is anchored by more than 30 networks and organizations building aligned vision, story, collective decision-making and strategy.

SOUL FIRE FARM Reparations Map The food system was built on the stolen land and stolen labor of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and people of color. Members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network (midwest included) are claiming our sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resources so that we can grow nourishing food and distribute it in our communities.

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