Join Black Farmer Fund Co-Founder and President Olivia Watkins as she shares about this emerging community investment fund striving to create a more equitable food system for black farmers and food business owners.
Olivia will join CBEY Resident Fellow Tagan Engel to discuss the Fund’s first year of community-designed investments, supports for regenerative practices, and the innovative ways they are working to address historical and current inequities for Black entrepreneurs in the food system.
About Black Farmer Fund
Co-Founded by Black farmer activists Karen Washington and Olivia Watkins, the Black Farmer Fund has established a means for community members to access capital that recognizes the historical discrimination of lending and banking that informs the present reality of Black communities.
“We believe Black farmers, business owners, and land stewards should benefit equitably from financing, intellectual capital, technical assistance, networking, and public policies.”
The Fund has raised over $1 million, and in its pilot cycle is supporting eight NY State Black farmers and food businesses. They are operationalizing their values by co-designing their process with a community-led team, supporting food businesses through grants and low-interest loans, as well as financial education and technical support. They are also building power and support for Black farmers through collaborations and partnerships with other aligned organizations, individuals, and policymakers.
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