The Black Dollar Days Task Force recognizes that African-Americans are underrepresented in farming in Washington. Currently, there is no local market in King County that supplies the types of vegetables that are relevant to the African American and African immigrant food culture. Low income communities frequently do not have access to fresh, wholesome produce and have higher rates of poor diet related illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and elevated cholesterol.
The Task Force program Clean Greens Farm & Market operates as an agricultural producer engaged in the production of chemical-free collard, kale, mustard, turnip greens, relish and spinach. The goal of the Clean Greens & Market program is five-fold:
To help achieve these goals, the Task Force has to date signed a 5 year lease on 23 acres of land in Duvall, eastern King County for use by the Clean Greens Project. The Task Force has presently invested over $50,000 of its own money in an attempt to secure a crop for Winter of 2008. In addition we have leased rental property on the land to accommodate farm workers. We are currently seeking funding to continue developing the land in order that we can have crops year round.
The members and supporters of the Task Force are confident in their movement to decrease social service dependency through the revitalization of our community. The Black Dollar Task is compelled to create projects to uphold it’s mission to design programs that foster community empowerment. The Clean Greens Farm & Market will do just that.
The farmers have begun planting and cultivating chemical-free produce on seven acres of the 23 acres of land in Duvall, Washington. Initially our intentions are to start on a small section of the land and then expand. We intend on this section of land to concentrate exclusively on greens, which we will sell to everyone, but primary for central area residents. Starting at the beginning seven acres will give our apprentices an opportunity to learn as they work without being overwhelmed by large amounts of produce, and land. In addition the land that we are presently leasing is land that has been used for pasturing, and must be turned over with a disk a few times before it will be ready to be prepared for tilling and planting. We have identified two community young men who will be our first apprentices, and our advisors are in the process of identifying someone who can serve as a farm mentor.
The project will be guided by an advisory board consisting of local groups and organization associated with city, county and state agriculture, in addition to representatives from the Task Force.
|Rev. Robert Jeffrey||Black Dollar Days-Exec Directoremail@example.com|
|Lottie Cross||Bookkeeper & Market Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deasha Teague||Project Manageremail@example.com|
|Ken Evans||Farm Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jeff Bottorff||Seattle Uemail@example.com|
|Harriet Stephenson||Seattle Ufirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Karen Kinney||King County Ag Progarmemail@example.com|
|Todd Murray||WSU - King County Extensionfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Deanna Burnett Keener||Green River Community College||DBurnett@greenriver.edu|
|Taalib Sankofa||Farm Apprentice|
|Julien Whitney||Farm Apprenticeemail@example.com|
|Karinda Harris||Community Walk / Fundraisingfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jennifer Harrison-Cox||Partnership for Rural King County (PRKC)||email@example.com|
|Geoff Reed||King Conservation Districtfirstname.lastname@example.org|
The Cleans Green Project will be initially funded by a combination of grants and fundraising. Over the course of 5 years, the project will increasingly be able to pay more of its operating costs by building infrastructures, implementing efficiencies, retail sales of farm produce and possibly income generation through educational tours/use of farm sites. It is understood that Clean Greens Farm, even operating at peak efficiency with the best weather circumstances and crop yields will need to be subsidized with grant and fundraising monies in order to keep product affordable and assessable to low-income residents and provide maximum job and training opportunities to community members.
For more information, please contact:
COO, Black Dollar Task Force
Senior Editor, AABD
Seattle, WA. 98122
Fax: (206) 860-0782
Time: February 24, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: New Hope B. C. Reception Hall
Organized By: Lottie Cross
Celebrating Black History Month with the Release of the 21st Edition of the African American Business Directory networking Reception.
Hosted at the New Hope B. C. Reception Hall 124—21st Ave. Seattle, WA 98122
Price is $12.00 each and vendors are $20.00.
To reserve your space call Lottie Cross 206-324-3114 or mail your check to P. O. Box 18376, Seattle, WA 98118
“Plenty of good food”
This year we will be showcasing all small business’s products and services and giving each participate a 2-minute blurb about their business. Instead of having a guest speaker, our focus is to learn about the different products and services of small businesses we can support. Each vendor will get a 5% discount advertisement in the 22nd edition of the directory.
Get ready for the 2012 edition of the African American Business Directory.
Black Dollar Days Task Force has recently partnered with Seattle Publishing Inc., our long time publisher, to handle the advertising sale for the directory. They will be contacting businesses on our behalf to make the 21st edition a success.
Support this great community resource — sign up today for your listing and ad. We offer ads to fit all budgets.
For ad, sponsorship opportunities, and listing information - contact Lottie Cross - 206-324-3114.