Cybersecdn- In a landmark achievement for agricultural equity, the Metro Atlanta-based nonprofit, The Common Market Southeast, has successfully distributed millions in state funds to support Black, Indigenous, and women farmers in Georgia. This initiative significantly benefits Local Lands, a Black-owned, family-operated pasture, underscoring the organization’s commitment to empowering historically underserved communities.
Eliyahu Ben Asa of Local Lands and Atlanta Harvest highlights the role of Black farmers as community pillars, emphasizing their influence and significance. This sentiment resonates with Asa Ysrael, head farmer at Local Lands, who credits the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) program for enabling substantial growth, providing a sense of security, and focusing on uncontrollable agricultural variables.
The grant has notably escalated the farm’s egg production fivefold, marking a significant leap in their output. This increase is not just in quantity but also extends to the expansion of sales avenues. Local Lands reported over $80,000 in purchase commitments, evidencing the tangible impact of the funding.
Raphaela Ysrael from Local Lands acknowledged the grant’s role in reducing egg prices, a crucial step for small family farms lacking in generational wealth. Moreover, the funding has been instrumental in combating food deserts, particularly in southern metro Atlanta, enhancing access to organic, local produce.
The Common Market Southeast’s program also extends its support to other Georgia farms, including Starlit Roots Farms, Snapfinger Farms, and Green Box Mushrooms. Bill Green, the nonprofit’s executive director, emphasizes the focus on engaging historically underserved producers to foster sustainability and equity in local food systems.
Looking ahead, the nonprofit aims to supply larger-scale institutions, broadening its impact and continuing its mission to support local, sustainable agriculture.