Let's begin with Dr. George Washington Carver, a historical figure that children still learn about in school each February, though the focus on his hundreds of patents for peanut products are only half the story. Though Dr. Carver brought us the glory of peanut butter he did so to create a market for the legume that he intently researched to bring fertility back to soils on sharecropped southern farms that were near sterile after years of cotton production. Today, cover cropping with legumes is a tenant of Regenerative Agriculture, a collection of farming practices now understood to increase yields and soil health while sequestering carbon. In other words, the way forward for feeding people in our warming world.
Much more about Drs. Carver and Whatley here.
On the national scene, MCA supports the Justice for Black Farmers Act that would grant farmers of color land through the Land Grant program and provide training to get them growing. This bill was just re-introduced by Senators Booker, Warren and Gillibrand among others.
Here closer to home - we are matching aspiring farmers of all types with land to get started through our Land Link program. There is particular interest from aspiring farmers of color and we are proud that two of the farms listed in the MoCo BIPOC-Owned Food Guide found their land through Land Link. Since 2011 we have connected over 500 acres of land with new and expanding farmers in Montgomery County. Farmers are looking for anywhere from 1/2-50 acres. To learn more about offering or leasing land visit our Land Link program.