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

Published May 01 2021 at 2:00 PM GMT
  • 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.
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  • Published May 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT