𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹 𝗡𝗬𝗖 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀
𝘙𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘰𝘭𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵
Deep in our hearts, we carry the weight of profound grief for all the lives lost to US-backed imperialism in Palestine and globally. Our commitment remains unwavering to fighting for all oppressed people’s liberation, freedom, and sovereignty through these troubling moments. We profoundly believe all forms of oppression are interlocking, and our liberation is bound together. We have linked our complete solidarity statement here.
𝘞𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘰𝘱-𝘦𝘥 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴!
While the monthly newsletter is a great way to get updates, we wanted another way to connect with our community and supporters. We hope op-eds will give you a fuller picture of what we’re working through and thinking about. Read our first op-ed and stay tuned for more. Follow us on LinkedIn to be the first to see when they’re released!
Citywide students recently wrapped their final program offering, Seminar. We are incredibly proud of the participants, their projects, and the seeds they’ve planted for their futures. Curious about their projects? We’ve linked one here by student, Monie Seto.
𝘏𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘛𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘭 𝘉𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘴
Co-facilitators Rayland, Zach, Kim, and OA Cole led a modified high tunnel build at the Pleasant Village Community Garden, completing the challenging build with lots of support. One of the students, Sister K, filmed most of the build, and her footage is linked here.
𝘋𝘍𝘈𝘗 𝘋𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘌𝘹𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥
The USDA extended the application deadline to Saturday, January 13th, for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program (DFAP). This program offers financial assistance for farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced USDA farm lending discrimination prior to 2021. Those who did not apply due to fear of discrimination may also be eligible.
If you’d like to start looking over the application and/or complete it on your own, visit DFAP Online Application. The documentation checklist for interested applicants can be viewed here. Visit How Do I Apply for more information. The final date to submit an application is Saturday, January 13th, 2024.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦’𝘴 𝘏𝘢𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘴𝘵
Black VegFest is back with its annual People’s Harvest on Thursday, November 23rd, starting at 12pm in Brooklyn, NY. Black Vegfest will serve free vegan food, share goods, and provide a safe space for all to share, join, and be in community with each other.
Black VegFest seeks volunteers and asks dedicated folks to assist in their food giveaway. Culinary experience and vehicles for transporting items are a plus. Direct questions to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the links to volunteer, donate and RSVP.
𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘜𝘚𝘋𝘈 𝘗𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 ‘𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦’𝘴 𝘎𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘴’
The USDA launched a People’s Garden Initiative in partnership with Just Food. They will work together to award funding to several NYC community gardens. Gardens who have previously not applied for or received similar funding are encouraged to apply. Up to $10,000 is available to take your garden to the next level!
Learn more by watching this video.
USDA Microloans are available for Urban Farms. Farmers can use USDA farm ownership microloans to buy and improve property. Microloans can help with farmland and building purchases and soil and water conservation improvements. FSA designed the expanded program to simplify the application process, expand eligibility requirements, and expedite smaller real estate loans to help farmers strengthen their operations. Microloans provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers and can be issued to the applicant directly from the FSA. Contact 680 895-0228 or visit fsa.usda.gov/microloans for more information.
𝘍𝘢𝘤𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘕𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘚𝘈𝘙𝘌 𝘚𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘉𝘐𝘗𝘖𝘊 𝘍𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘴
We’re excited to announce the upcoming Winter Business Skillshares Series. This series aims to share knowledge and skills on crucial aspects of business, catering specifically to Black Farmers.
Today, we want to see who in our community is interested in participating in this series as a paid co-facilitator or co-educator. If you have expertise in Co-Ops, Finding Funding, Finances, Marketing, Operations, Human Resources, Land Access, or Food Policy, we want to hear from you! To share interest, fill out this form.
𝘈𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘯𝘫𝘦: 𝘈 𝘊𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘧 𝘏𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘢𝘯 𝘍𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴
Enjoy food, drinks, and vibes as Deep Routes uplifts Haiti, Haitians, and Haitian foodways. Join to celebrate the launch of An Manje: A Celebration of Haitian Foodways alongside an exclusive screening of the multimedia anthology!
This in-person event will be held at Mayday Space in Brooklyn, NY, on Friday, December 8th, from 6:30-10pm.
For Community Care COVID-19 Protocols, please see FAQ.
Find General and Special Admission tickets here.
𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘍𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘈𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘜𝘳𝘣𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘨𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯
Urban producers, innovative producers, and other stakeholders are invited to virtually attend a public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production on Wednesday, November 29th from 1-3pm.
Learn more and register here.
The next public Urban County Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 18th, from 5-7pm. This meeting will be virtual through Microsoft Teams. Email email@example.com for the link.
For questions, comments, or more information about Farm Service Agency programs, please reach out to Mirem Villamil, Urban County Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 680 895-0228.
Nearly 3 million New Yorkers rely on SNAP to afford food for themselves and their families. In March of this year, many saw a significant drop in their monthly federal benefits following the end of SNAP Emergency Allotments—temporary benefit increases that Congress enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. With food insecurity on the rise, The NY Food Policy Alliance is calling on New York State to support an adequate minimum SNAP benefit of $100 per month in the 2024-2025 Executive Budget.
Help call your state representatives today! New York Assemblymembers and Senators can write what is known as a ‘Legislator Letter’ from the Legislature to the Governor, asking to include a funding priority in the upcoming budget. Can you make two calls to ask your representatives to sign on right now?
Make two phone calls to your State Senator & State Assembly member asking them to sign on to this Legislator Letter and cosponsor A06214/S7663 by Friday, November 17th. Click here to locate and find the phone number for both your State Senator & State Assembly member. If you need a call script, please reach out!