Organic trade’s a billion dollar market. Stephanie Jerger ensures Black, Indigenous farmers get paid

It is projected that over the next several years, the organic business will be a $100 billion-plus market. But Black and indigenous growers, who have been harvesting that way for generations are left out.

Stephanie Jerger of Organic Trade Association created a full-scale diversity initiative to diversify the certified organic market by recruiting more farmers of color, including Black agriculturalists. This Baltimore transplant from Tallahassee, Florida has been disrupting the industry in a good way.

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