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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] PRESS RELEASE: National Black Agriculture Awareness Week- George Washington Carver and the State of Black Agriculture

 

From: Tanikka Cunningham <tcunningham@healthysolutionsgroup.org>

To: Tanikka Cunningham <tcunningham@healthysolutionsgroup.org>
Sent: Tue, July 12, 2011 2:51:24 PM
Subject: PRESS RELEASE: National Black Agriculture Awareness Week- George
Washington Carver and the State of Black Agriculture

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Tanikka Cunningham (888) 415-2667x702 tcunningham [at] healthysolutionsgroup.org

Michael Harris (916) 997-2451 blackagriculture [at] yahoo.com

"George Washington Carver and the State of Black Agriculture"
National Black Agriculture Awareness Week

NATIONAL (June 12, 2011) In 1920 Black Farmers made up over 14 % of all
agricultural producers, partially due in part to the extensive outreach and
expertise of George Washington Carver. Currently Black agricultural producers,
farmers, and ranchers make up 1 % (1 in 100 farmers) of all agricultural
producers, farmers, and ranchers nationally, and combine for an average of 63
years of age.

"Today we celebrate the birth of the man who shaped agriculture not just for
black farmers, but for our nation as a whole, George Washington Carver" say
Tanikka Cunningham the Executive Director of Healthy Solutions, and the
creator of the National Black Agriculture Awareness Week. "Without the
knowledge and dedication of George Washington Carver this nation would not
have the USDA Cooperative Extension services that exist today. Many often
think of George Washington Carver as the "peanut man" however in addition he
created the Jessup Wagon with assistance of Thomas Campbell and Booker T.
Washington to educate Black Farmers in the rural south to become sustainable,
and profitable. He not only taught black farmers, he taught the world."

"National Black Agriculture Awareness Week is set around the birth of George
Washington Carver on purpose to not just speak of the current state of Black
Agriculture, and food access, but to educated people, especially our young
people about those who helped shape agriculture and food systems as a whole"
says LaTisha Watford co-founder of Healthy Solutions. "We take today of
National Black Agriculture Awareness Week, to pay respect to George Washington
Carver, the man who helped change the state of Black Agriculture, while we
talk about ways to improve and change the state of Black Agriculture for the
future."

Healthy Solutions will host a State of Black Agriculture National Call
What: National Black Agriculture Awareness Week – State of Black
Agriculture National Call
When: July 13, 2011 4pm EST and July 15, 2011 2pm EST
Where: Telephone Conference Call – Dial in Number (712) 432-0990
access code 310773
Who: Open to everyone
For More Information:
National Black Agriculture Awareness Week (July 10 th – 16 th , 2011) is about
recognizing, educating, and celebrating the contribution of African Americans,
and People of African Descent, to agriculture in our everyday lives. The
National Black Agriculture Awareness Week encourages everyone to:

* Understand how the decline in Black Agricultural Producers is an issue
that needs immediate attention.
* Educate youth to want to pursue Agriculture as a viable option to build
a foundation for themselves and communities.
* Appreciate the many agriculturally related accomplishments that
benefit not just black agricultural producers, but agriculture as a
whole, and impact us on a daily basis.
* Bring awareness to food and agricultural issues in the African American
community as a whole.

For more information about how to get involved, plan events, sponsorship, or
supporting this week in anyway more information about the National Black
Agriculture Awareness Week, can be found at www.saveblackfarmers.org or
www.healthysolutionsgroup.org

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Healthy Solutions is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to increase
the capacity of communities of color, particularly African Americans, to
achieve self-reliance through distribution, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and
cooperative healthy food enterprises. Our vision is to use this model to
create sustainable, equitable communities that realize both the health and
economic benefits of their community food systems and their community food
security.www.healthysolutionsgroup.org

Black Agriculture is a quarterly publication whose purpose is to educate
industry and community of the needs and importance of Agriculture producers.
www.blackagriculture.com

Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network (SAAFON), a project of
the SoGreen Network, is a network of farmers using sustainable growing
methods. The Network is comprised of small and limited resource farmers that
are either certified organic or growing organically. Currently SAAFON farmers
are located in six states and the Virgin Islands: Alabama, Georgia, Florida,
Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and St. Croix Island.
www.saafon.org

Community Vision Council is a coalition of committed activists who met in 2004
in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY at a gathering called "Solution Building @ the
Roots". We have organized, promoted and sponsored cultural education
workshops, farmers markets and sustainable living projects. Our CVC Farmers
Market has served a community district with over 100,000 residents from one of
NYC's poorest neighborhoods – Bushwick.
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Tanikka Cunningham
Healthy Solutions
Executive Director
Phone: 888.415.COOP (2667) ext. 702
Fax: 877-349-0272
tcunningham@healthysolutionsgroup.org

Healthy Solutions is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase
the capacity of communities of color, particularly African Americans,
to achieve self-reliance through distribution, agriculture, entrepreneurship,
and cooperative healthy food enterprises.

Our vision is to use this model to create sustainable, equitable communities
that realize both the health and economic benefits of their community food
systems and their community food security.
Carolina, South Carolina, and St. Croix Island. www.saafon.org

Community Vision Council is a coalition of committed activists who met in 2004
in Bushwick, Brooklyn NY at a gathering called "Solution Building @ the
Roots". We have organized, promoted and sponsored cultural education
workshops, farmers markets and sustainable living projects. Our CVC Farmers
Market has served a community district with over 100,000 residents from one of
NYC's poorest neighborhoods – Bushwick.
-End-

Tanikka Cunningham
Healthy Solutions
Executive Director
Phone: 888.415.COOP (2667) ext. 702
Fax: 877-349-0272
tcunningham@healthysolutionsgroup.org

Healthy Solutions is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to increase
the capacity of communities of color, particularly African Americans,
to achieve self-reliance through distribution, agriculture, entrepreneurship,
and cooperative healthy food enterprises.

Our vision is to use this model to create sustainable, equitable communities
that realize both the health and economic benefits of their community food
systems and their community food security.

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