Agriculture & Urban Farming

Agriculture and Urban Farming covers issues and topics dealing with the art and science of growing plants and other crops and the raising of animals for food, other human needs, or economic gain. The production takes place in rural areas and in the urban landscape; and can be done on a large or small scale for subsistence.

What freedom looks like on a homestead

Black homesteaders use sovereignty for safety in a hostile US climate. 

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Representation matters for a Black farmer | Think Piece

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When diversity, equity and inclusion goes wrong. In the ramped up efforts from whites and white corporations to form allyships with Black businesses and communities, some are asking if this is genuine. This Black farmer certainly does.

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33 farmers offering locally-raised beef, poultry and pork when commercial meat plants shutter

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Three butchers preparing meat,cuts of meat to sell at a butcher's shop

Residuals from the meat industry’s work stoppage are showing on the shelves of empty grocery stores across the country. Now shoppers are saying that the meat shortage moved from imminent to a present reality. 

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Black Farmer’s Index offers a guide to Americans for growing food security issues in the US

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As food security slips in the US due to the Covid-19 crisis, Ark Republic directs Americans to Black farmers.

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Bees in the Trap: Urban beekeeping brings jobs, ramps up in honey production

Urban Beekeepers inspecting their bees, on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Beekeeping is a time-honored craft. Beyond hipster giggles and Pinterest posts, beekeeping sustains life. And not just for making honey, but cultivating a critical part of producing the world’s food.

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Learn How to Farm Small

Ayanna Diarra, goes through how she plants several herbs and small-sized vegetables in a planter for starter urban farmers. She says that a modest tub helps people get a simple start to cultivating their green thumbs.

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An urban farmer returns back to the land through her patch of sacred soil

Ayanna Diarra pops on her designer sunshine yellow thrift-store rain boots and fetches her favorite second-hand rusty shovel to give a tour of the latest additions in her garden.

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Orange moons in Sicily

Photo Credit: Linh Pham

Agriculture, and in particular, organic production of grapes, almonds, and durum wheat (the base for pasta) are the core of Sicily’s farming, but you cannot experience the Mediterranean culture on your palate until you eat an orange. Located in southern Italy along with surrounding minor islands, it has a year-round mild climate. Because of the

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Soiled: Black farmers work to sustain livelihood and land

Photo credit: Allef Vinicius

40 Acres and a mule is nothing compared to what blacks have lost in farmland. In 1920, blacks made up 14 percent of farmers, today, only 1 percent, reports New York Times.

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