Also known as freedom day, Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19th, 1865 the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Galveston Texas where many enslaved African Americans had not received news of their freedom yet. As Civil Rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer said, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

Despite the official end of slavery in the United States, the economic and social effects still negatively impact Black Americans. Slavery limited generational wealth and land ownership in the black community.

Black farmers have been historically cut out of the agricultural business from discriminatory acts and predatory lending practices.

Black-owned farms account for 2% of farmers in the United States.

Today, most of the produce in America is grown by large agricultural corporations that lack diversity in leadership. Industrial farming negatively impacts both the planet and people.

The agricultural industry needs more diverse agri-scientists with strong STEM backgrounds, in order to help marginalized communities and the planet.

How You Can Help

Are you or someone you know in need of financial assistance to start or keep your farm?

Farm Bureau offers a Land grant and Debt Relief Program.

Shop Local from BIPOC Owned Farms.

Check out the list at ShopppeBlack.com or check our Washington’s Black Farmer’s Collective.

Pursue an Education in Agriculture.

We believe our MESA students will create a brighter, healthier future for communities.