Black farmers have been historically cut out of the mainstream industry for years, having to work harder in order for their farms and businesses to thrive. Black farmers have also faced a harder time finding land and even reported being initially denied coveted spots at farmer’s markets.
However, this hasn’t stop Black farmers from coming together and working to help each other grow. On Sunday, over 1,000 patrons came out to support the Black Farmer’s Market in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This is the first market of its kind catering to Black farmers in the city as the previous events were always held in Durham. The Black Farmer’s Market is a bi-monthly event series to support local Black-owned brands throughout the year based in North Carolina. According to WRAL, over 26 locally owned businesses were featured at the event drawing in huge crowds. “Now more than ever let’s come together to support Black business and Black farmers,” read the Facebook event according to WRAL.
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@TheBlackFarmersMarketNC has teamed up with the @TheBullsOfDurham to raise $8000 to take our mission to the next level. We are working to create a sustainaBULL eco-network of Black farmers & entrepreneurs across the state of North Carolina. We host monthly markets in both Durham and Raleigh with the hope of expanding our impact & frequency. . Please click the #LinkInBio on @thebullsofdurham page to make a contribution of $6.19 or more. . Our goal is to raise $8000 in 8 weeks. . Here are our benchmarks & their impacts: . $500 | New Market Signage – Directs more foot traffic to markets & thus more sales for farmers. . $2000 | New Website – Allows direct sales through farmers & market preorders for fast pickup. . $6000 | Market Manager Stipend – Pays market manager a living wage for her time & hard work. . $8000 | Creation of Farmers’ Assistance Fund – Helps farmers with unexpected farm costs. . Special thank you to @Provident1898 for sponsoring the monthly Durham markets allowing the Black Farmers’ Market to maximize their financial resources & host their markets in a great, historic location. . @RainBennett @SixSecondStories. . #SupportBlackOwnedBusinesses #ThisIsWhatCommunityLooksLike #ThisIsDurham. . . . #Juneteenth #Juneteenth2020 #BlackFarmersMarket #BlackFarmers #BlackMarket #BlackEntrepreneurs #SelfSufficentByAnyMeansNecessary #BlackOwnedBusiness #bfm2020 #BlackFarmersTradeUnion #BlackDollarsMatter #Durm #BlackLivesMatter #TheBullsOfDurham #DurhamNC #Raleigh #Raleighcreatives #UrbanFarmers #BlackPeopleGrow