· Black Farmers United - New York State (“BFU-NYS”) is a newly established coalition of over 100 Black farmers, educators, and food justice advocates from across New York State. BFU-NYS’ mission is to advocate for, unify, amplify, and create pathways to ownership for NYS Black farmers through education, policy development, networking, and mutual aid. As a collective, BFU-NYS centers Black farmers, builds collective power, cultivates love and liberation, advances equity, and fosters transparency. Black farmers hold the power to radically change how black communities control access to safe, healthy food, and build collective wealth and health in New York State.
· In New York State, the almost $2 billion farming industry is well poised to leverage BFU-NYS’ community of Black rural and urban farmers, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, and other food and land workers who understand the needs and build power and wealth in Black communities. Together, BFU-NYS’ coalition of Black farmers, educators, and food justice advocates from across the state developed 9 Solutions for Racial Inequity in New York Agriculture.