Getting to the Root of Racism in Agriculture: An Equity Imperative
Finding Peace in the Chaos of Farming
Ed note: In a desire to further our 2018 discussion on racism in agriculture, we have added a two-day track on the subject at our 2019 conference. And we have an optional pre-conference mini course on the topic as well: Mini Course #2 Cracking The Code: Dismantling the Dynamics of Oppression (Racism).
It does not take much digging to unearth the racism embedded in the current agricultural system, infecting the very soil from which the industry has grown, preventing entire communities from thriving. “There are many people that have been struggling for generations and we are in a time where transformation is possible, when we can harness the collective force for change,” emphasizes Dr. Tameka L. McGlawn.
Ode to the Flower Farmer
“The truth is over the years you realize that the work never goes away. You do your best and at the end of the day you try to find satisfaction with what you accomplished,” reflects Mark Cain on the demands of farm life. After 33 years invested in Dripping Springs Garden, Mark Cain and his partner Michael Crane understand the reality of working sunup to sundown to realize their farm dream, a process that literally started from the ground up.
By Libby Outlaw
In honor of 35 years as a flower farmer, Libby created four beautiful art installations from last year's blooms. This is dedicated to all of today’s flower farmers and all of the flower farmers to come.