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SAAFON works to strengthen Black farmers’ collective power to build an alternative food system rooted in progressive values

We Are a Network of Small and Heritage Black Farmers

 

Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Atlanta, GA. We are a network of Black farmers in the Southeastern United States who are committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable agricultural-based living.

Our Work is Visionary, Our Story Continues

 

The Southeastern African-American Organic Farmer’s Network (SAFFON) emerged in the summer of 2006 following a series of conversations between the late “MaMa” Cynthia Hayes of Rural Women and Development and Dr. Owusu Bandele of Southern University’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center. As a founding member and principle organizer of Rural Women and Development, Hayes attended a workshop on African Americans and organic agriculture at Southern University facilitated by Bandele, also an organic farmer. Mrs. Hayes was invited to the workshop based upon her work with African-American farmers in McIntosh County, Georgia. This initiated a string of conversations that led to the formation of SAFFON.

Since 2006, SAAFON has been working to strengthen Black farmers’ collective power to build an alternative food system rooted in progressive values.

Many of Our Farms Have Been in the Same Family for Over 100 Years

 

SAAFON is the first, and still the only, regional network for Black farmers committed to using ecologically sustainable practices to manage their land and the natural systems on it in order to grow food and raise livestock that are healthy for people and the planet. Many of our farms have been in the same Black family for over 100 years and, as such, are historical treasures. Click below to learn more about SAAFON farmers.

Our Goal: To Raise the Visibility of Black Farmers’ Practices and Enterprises

 

With a farmer-centered, farmer-led approach rooted in our commitment to agroecological practice, SAAFON’s goal is to raise the visibility of our farmers’ practices and enterprises both nationally and internationally. As a regional organization, we represent farmers across 10 states, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee and Louisiana.

A Commitment To Increasing Agroecology Production Practices Among Black Farmers

 

Through our work, SAAFON seeks to increase the knowledge and use of agroecology production practices among Black farmers in the Southeastern United States and to strengthen connections between Black farmers in this region with national and global agroecological movement efforts. We aim to do this work through the engagement and education of Black farmers to create a just and sustainable food system.