The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the deep inequities Black Oregonians have experienced for generations. In response to the harm done by racism and the oppression of Black people, Mudbone Grown has created Solidarity Love Shares for Black Families that provides healthy and fresh food to Black families who need it. Since the start of June with your help we were able to fee over 200 families and grow over 2,500 pounds of food, plus supplies additional pantry staples and house hold items. As we move into winter we still plan for our COVID response.
However we are also still planning for the future of our programming. We are currently working toward creating a pipeline to agriculture for Black and Brown justice-impacted youth through aquaponics and greenhouse management training. The hope is to provide more Black food security and sovereignty, job training, STEM educational opportunities and much needed plant starts for Black farmers and community members.
Your support helps us:
employ and maintain Black farmers for the growing season and off-season at a living wage ($20 an hour).
deliver food boxes of vegetables, herbs and fruit to dozens of families.
develop and train another generation of Black farmers.
develop a greenhouse management program for justice impacted youth
build up staffing off the farm to help manage what happens on the farm
Mudbone Grown is led by Black farmers and farmworkers. Our work is centered on the land to feed and nourish the bodies and souls of our community, so we can continue to be strong and focused on the fight for justice.
We partner with various Black-led non-profits, community groups and faith-based organizations to create Black food security and sovereignty.
In the words of Dr. Monica White who wrote the book Freedom Farmers:
“The land is, was and has always been, our healing space and our means of liberation and resistance.”
Your contribution supports Black families’ access to food and resources, while supporting homegrown Black farmers in Oregon!