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We are so excited to invite you to the first round of The Black Harvest Series on October 14th at Noon EDT. This initial discussion is a forum for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that serve Black farmers, ranchers, and/or fisherfolk to gather and share your challenges, needs, and points of collaboration. Our goal is to document and disseminate ongoing efforts to support Black producers in the South. 

An ongoing assessment by the Federation of Southern Cooperatives found that of the 330 farmers surveyed, 93% identified direct financial assistance as their most pressing need in the face of COVID-19. Given the severity of the need, this conversation will provide space for you to listen and share with other organizations and to get an understanding of what the capacity to serve Black producers has been since COVID-19. This is an intentionally intergenerational space that honors the Black experience and perspective on ways to secure the resources we need to thrive. Please come prepared to share your successes and challenges while you engage with other NGOs from across the South. 

The Black Harvest Series will be moderated by the Tuskegee Public Dialogue Team (TPDT) in partnership with the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center (CISC). This series is sponsored by Southern SARE and Tuskegee University. 

Door prizes will be awarded. We look forward to seeing you on October 14th at 12:00pm EDT.

Here's the information you need to attend: 

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PAWJ Call for Abstracts: Black Harvest Series Special Issue

The Professional Agriculture Workers Journal (PAWJ) invites submissions to the 2021 PAWJ: Black Harvest Series Special Issue.

During the Fall of 2020, the Carver Integrative Sustainability Center (CISC), via the Tuskegee Public Dialogue Team (TPDT), worked with Brennan Washington of Southern SARE to convene a virtual discussion series focused on learning about the experiences of Black producers during the pandemic and the nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and 1890 institutions that support them.

This facilitated discussion series showed us how sustainable Black producers and these institutions are facing COVID-19 and how Black producers continued to be resilient in the face of natural disasters as they became more common. In order to amplify and expand upon the knowledge shared during this discussion series, it is the goal of this Special Issue to capture the experiences of Black producers, NGOs and 1890 institutions that serve Black producers in the wake of the pandemic.

The abstract submissions can be from Black producers, NGOs, and 1890s research and extension professionals in a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and should be on some topic of relevance to the focus. See more details in the attached full Call for Abstracts.

Accepted authors will be invited to present their subsequent papers at the December 2021 Professional Agriculture Workers Conference (PAWC). 

Submission: Submit via online Google Doc by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, June 7th, 2021.

About the Professional Agriculture Workers Journal 

Questions? Contact - Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Tuskegee University, Carver Integrative Sustainability Center.

Guest Editors:

Lindsey Lunsford
Assistant Research/Extension Professor for Food Systems, Education, and Policy
Carver Integrative Sustainability Center
Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences

Natilee McGruder
Food Systems and Equity Consultant 
Growing Green LLC

John Myers
Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Carver Integrative Sustainability Center
Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences

Raymon Shange
Carver Integrative Sustainability Center
Tuskegee University College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences