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History of Black Farmers in Tangipahoa & St. Helena Parishes

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 In 1910, black farmers owned 15 million acres of farmland; in 1982, black farmers owned 3.1 millions acres of farmland. Today there are fewer than 18,000 black farmers, representing less than 1% of all farms in America. In St. Helena & Tangipahoa Parishes,   Louisiana, there are less than twenty farmers left.  From raising livestock to farming vegetables throughout both parishes.

Many of the farmers are now in between the ages of seventy to ninety years of age and there is no one in their family, who are following in their footsteps. I met two young men between the ages of fifteen and seventeen years old growing their own vegetable gardens in Fluker, LA. I was delighted to see this. 

 Please join host Antoinette Harrell and co-host Dr. Okpara Nosakhere for this upcoming discussion.