Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture program expands to include over 30 Black farmers in its second year

Thanks to increased support from leading agricultural and food companies Cargill and UNFI, NMSDC is excited to announce an expanded 2024 Acres: Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture cohort that includes farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. In its second year, Acres trains and certifies Black farmers and ranchers as diverse suppliers. Its goal is to help increase incomes as producers access new markets including commodities, grocery stores, restaurants, and other retail outlets. Members of this year’s cohort include:


·      Jacqueline Alexander – Morale Orchards, Hood River, Ore.

·      Ina Braxton – I Urban Farm, Covington, Ga.

·      Dazmonique Carr – Deeply Rooted Enterprises, Detroit, Mich.

·      Samuel Cobb – Sam Cobb Farms, Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

·      Donnie Cochran – Cochran Farms, Clermont, Fla.

·      Millie Coleman – Farmer Millz Farms, Macon, Ga.

·      Tonya Cryer – Cryer Family Produce, Mount Hermon, La.

·      Emory Davis – My Mark 61 Cattle Co., Bellville, Texas

·      Arthur Eaton – Triple Eaton Farm, Mount Olive, Miss.

·      Tope Fajingbesi, –Dodo Farms, Mount Airy, Md.

·      Ronald Friday – Candy Friday Farms, Blythewood, S.C.

·      Niki and Brandon Gerrins – Sonkissed Meadows, Sylacauga, Ala.

·      Darlene Hillery Goodgame – Blue Heron Urban Farms and Sanctuary, Fairburn, Ga.

·      Tamu Green – C.O.O.L. Farming, Ridgeland, Miss.

·      Brian Guidry – Brian Guidry’s Farm, Erath, La.

·      P.J. Haynie – Haynie Farms, Burgess, Va.

·      Robert Hearst – Rias Family Farm, Laurel, Ind.

·      Demetrius Hunter – Black Farmers Hub, Norlina, N.C.

·      Lovette Johnson – Foty Farm, Macon, Ga.

·      Iris Lee – Lee Hemp Farm, Burlington, Wis.

·      Christopher Muse – Muse 3 Farm LLC, Greensburg, La.

·      Nia Nyamweya – Beauty Blooms, Silver Spring, Md.

·      Jeremy Peaches – Fresh Life Organic, Houston, Texas

·      George Poindexter – I am Health, Beauty, and Wellness Farms, Sawyerville, Ala.

·      Raphaela and Elijah Polanco – Atlanta Harvest, Ellenwood, Ga.

·      Kendrick Ransome – Golden Organic Farm, Tarboro, N.C.

·      Sherman Reed – Five Pillars Farm, Eau Claire, Mich.

·      Anita Roberson – Botanical Bites & Provisions, Fredericksburg, Va.

·      Kenya Valentine – Hartwell MJ Ranch LLC, Pattison, Texas

·      Todd Western – Western Family Farms, Maple Grove, Minn.


“This year’s cohort represents the rich diversity and potential of the Black agricultural community,” said NMSDC senior director of strategic alliances and programs, Jetheda Hernandez. “We look forward to the more inclusive and sustainable food supply chain they will help create,” she added.


In addition to a larger group of participants, the Acres program is also growing its learning curriculum thanks to a partnership with the Southern University Ag Center. Farmers and ranchers in the program will engage in a 12-week learning curriculum focused on growing their capacity to take on major national contracts with NMSDC corporate members. After the program concludes, NMSDC will assist them in obtaining MBE certification.


The expansion of this year’s program is part of NMSDC’s ongoing efforts to address disparities Black businesses face both within and without the organization, a major trend highlighted in NMSDC’s 2022 Minority Businesses Economic Impact Report that was released in May of last year.


National Minority Supplier Development Council Inc. NMSDC Cargill UNFI Acres: Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture Jetheda Hernandez Southern University Ag Center Farmers 2022 Minority Businesses Economic Impact Report

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