Black Farming: Beyond "40 Acres and a Mule"
This event is FREE and open to the public.
People of African descent have a long agricultural tradition. In spite of their forced farm labor under chattel slavery in the Americas, in emancipation most African Americans returned to this tradition as independent farmers or sharecroppers. This conference will be discussing the influential history of black farmers in Ohio with an emphasis on the strength of community, preparing the next generation of underrepresented farmers for the future, and cultivating the cooperative business model to promote healthy farming and sustainable businesses. There will be keynote addresses, breakout sessions, networking, a resource fair, and more!
Keynote Speakers: Anna-Lisa Cox, author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality and Terry Cosby, USDA - NRCS.
Other speakers include Kevin McGruder, Ph.D. and Cornelius Blanding, President of the Federation of Southern Cooperative.
Sponsored by Community Solutions, Antioch College, and The Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center.
PLEASE NOTE: TIMES AND SCHEDULE WILL BE UPDATED SHORTLY AS THIS CONFERENCE HAS MOVED ONLINE.
Friday, September 11, 2020
- Evening Keynote Address by Anna-Lisa Cox Time: 7:00pm
Saturday, September 12, 2020
- 9:00am – 4:00pm: Resource Fair with Central State University and Ohio State University extension offices, USDA, Farm-Credit of Mid-America
- 9:00am – 9:30am: Kevin McGruder, PhD, Moderator/Speaker
- 9:30am – 10:30am: Keynote Speaker: Terry Cosby, USDA - NRCS.
- 10:30am – 11:00am: Break
- 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch and Conversation
- 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Breakouts Sessions –McGregor Hall, 45 min. Breakout sessions to run concurrently; 1:30pm - 2:15pm; 2:15pm - 3:00pm
- 3:00 – 4:00pm: Farming Cooperative Presentation - Cornelius Blanding, President, Federation of Southern Cooperatives
- 4:00pm – 5:00pm: – Where do we go from here? - Facilitated discussion