Black farmers denied loans teach each other how to make money growing hemp

Black farmers denied loans teach each other how to make money growing hemp

You can’t tell the story of Angela Dawson, the founder of 40 Acre Cooperative, a nationwide collective helping Black and Indigenous farmers learn about growing hemp, without going back to her great, great grandfather, Jabez Dawson, an enslaved man in Georgia. 

As she explains it, the Dawson family’s farming history started when Jabez bought farmland in Kansas after purchasing his freedom as a young man. Jabez was able to profit off of the land, eventually expanding and moving further north to southern Iowa. It was there that the Dawsons planted their roots as farmers — and where they ran into the same kinds of systemic barriers that have plagued Dawsons, and other Black farmers, in the decades since.  Read more…

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