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.

Decide on your final Thanksgiving menu using the Black Farmers Index

It might be painful to admit that you’ve waited until the last minute to go shopping for Thanksgiving. But never fear, Ark Republic is here to let you know that you can find all of your Thanksgiving fixings, including the turkey, from the Black Farmers Index.

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Farming While Black still poses challenges in the agricultural community

Economic policy reform is a strong area of opportunity for Black farmers.

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Pumpkin: The gourd you’d love to hate

US farms grow a billion pounds of pumpkin a year. The crop, more American than apple pie, has a rich history before colonial times, and even across continents.

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Farmers markets have become essential social spaces in Covid-19

A central location for activity in the age of social distancing, farmers and shoppers adjust to the spike of attendees at local outdoor markets.

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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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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

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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