Deep South Community Agriculture

Deep South Community Agriculture Network



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Alabama and Mississippi Black Belt


The Deep South has a strong agricultural history, but too many resources are concentrated in the hands of a few. Now a group of African American farmers in Mississippi and Alabama are banding together to serve local customers in three budding “hot spots,” to increase their yields and application of sustainable farming practices, to develop capacity and inroads to access larger markets, to engage young people — and to redefine farming as a path to prosperity.

Participating organizations:

The Cottage House—Ariton, AL

The United Christian Community Association (TUCCA) - Williams' Enterprises - Marengo County, AL

Southern Rural Black Women In Agriculture (SRBWIA) - Mound Bayou, MS

Mileston Cooperative - Holmes County, MS

Wes Miller Broader Horizons Consulting - Jackson, MS

McIntosh S.E.E.D. (Project Co-Manager) - John K. Littles and Cheryl Peterson - Darien, GA 

Rural Support Partners (Project Co-Manager) - Thomas Watson - Asheville, NC 

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