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46 BLACK OWNED FARMS AND GROCERY STORES TO SUPPORT (Part 3)

Maryland

Tha Flower Factory

Location: Baltimore, MD

Websitewww.thaflowerfactory.com

Tha Flower Factory is a flower farm located in Baltimore City dedicated to growing high quality cut flowers and herbs.

Five Seeds Farms

Location: Baltimore, MD

Websitewww.fiveseedsfarm.com

Five Seeds Farm is a family-owned and operated – husband, wife and five children. The farm began in the city in the spring of 2008, in the Belair-Edison neighborhood in our backyard, a City Farms plot and six vacant lots across the street from our house. We quickly expanded to other vacant lots and private yards across the city. From community gardening, to neighborhood farm stands to community-supported urban agriculture to market and restaurant sales, we proudly grow food for children and community members. We believe in sustainably-grown produce free of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. We are a transitional farm seeking organic certification in the 2015 season. We are reviving the idea that farming is essential, artistic and exciting. We champion the idea that true food security is achieved when you control your own food.

Michigan

D-TownFarm

Location: Detroit, MI

Websitewww.d-townfarm.com

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D-Town Farm is a seven acre organic farm in Detroit’s Rouge Park. We grow more than 30 different fruits, vegetables and herbs that are sold at farmers markets and to wholesale customers. The farm features four hoop houses for extended-season growing, bee-keeping, large-scale composting, farm tours and an annual harvest festival.

Missouri

Leon’s Thriftway

Location: Kansas City, MO

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Leon Stapleton owns a Thriftway supermarket franchise located at 4400 East 39th. Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Stapleton is a spritely, 90-years young, and shows up to work at his store everyday. Leon Stapleton purchased his franchise in 1968, after it was destroyed by a Molotov cocktail that was thrown inside during the riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Prior to owning his own franchise, Mr. Stapleton worked at a Safeway supermarket, where he was the first Black person to be hired by a franchise grocer. His hiring made it possible for other Black people to be hired by other major chain stores in the Kansas City area, such as Kroger’s, A&P, and Milgram stores. (more info)

Nebraska

Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market

Location: Omaha, NE (4811 NW Radial Hwy)

Websitewww.dnfmarket.weebly.com

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The idea that the Historic Benson area needed a grocery store to call its own is long overdue. The need for a grocery store where healthy options are offered at a reasonable price is what Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market has. In helping close and solve the food desert in the Benson area, we want to provide our community better food options from local farmers that will enable the community to live healthier lives while supporting the local farm efforts in Nebraska and Iowa. It truly is a win-win situation!




New York

BLK ProjeK

Location: Bronx, NY

Websitewww.theblkprojek.org

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The BLK Projek was created in 2009 when Bronx activist and mother, Tanya Fields wanted to take a more proactive approach in her quest for social justice and inclusive economic development. Having a child suffering from food allergies, experiencing increased weight gain, lacking access to quality, affordable food, a significant amount of undeveloped lots and her communities close proximity to the Hunts Point Food Distribution center, she recognized that the Bronx could have a foothold in creating an alternative, more inclusive food system and harness that power as an economic development tool.

East New York Farms

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Websitewww.eastnewyorkfarms.org

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The mission of the East New York Farms Project is to organize youth and adults to address food justice in our community by promoting local sustainable agriculture and community-led economic development.  East New York Farms! is a project of the United Community Centers in partnership with local residents.

Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Websitewww.brmuhc.org

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Brooklyn Rescue Mission was founded in 2002 by a group of clergy and community workers with a vision to service the hungry, hurting and homeless people of Central Brooklyn with healthy fresh food and clean warm clothing. The mission’s founders helped many poor working families, predominately headed by low wage earners, by providing food outreach and clothing assistance. Brooklyn Rescue Mission, Inc. was successfully formed and now assists families living in a community where many of residents are one paycheck away from homelessness.

Hattie Carthan Community Garden Markets

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Websitewww.hattiecarthancommunitymarket.com

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In 2009 community advocate Yonnette Fleming led gardeners to revitalize and reclaim an abandoned land parcel which was used to dump toxic materials for over twenty years. In a matter of years, the lot adjacent to the Hattie Carthan Community Garden was to become the Community Market. Thousands of volunteer hours helped us to convert that blighted property into a thriving farmers market which increases the neighborhood’s limited access to fresh food and thus our overall community health.

Black Urban Growers

Location: New York

Websitewww.blackurbangrowers.org

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Black Urban Growers (BUGS) is an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.

Soul Fire Farm

Location: New York

Websitewww.soulfirefarm.com

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Soul Fire Farm is a family farm committed to the dismantling of oppressive structures that misguide our food system. Soul Fire Farm is a Certified Naturally Grown family farm, community resource, and vessel for education. We raise life-giving food and act in solidarity with people marginalized by food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. We bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, cooking, and natural building, and contribute to the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination.

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Any Black Owned farms or grocery stores not on the list? Share their info in the comments below and we’ll update the list and let the people know! Share this list with your friends and family! Lets not let anymore of these places go out of business.

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