A Photo Exhibition to educate on the contributions of black farmers, the importance of land ownership and the importance of farming, food sovereignty, and farming that supports the planet.
The evening of the exhibit will include a wine and cheese reception with live blues and a resource panel of food activists, black farmers, and policy experts.
The Federation of Southern Cooperative, Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) is a non-profit located in East Point, Georgia. The reason FSC/LAF’s existence since its founding in 1967 is to assist black farmers in the Deep South avoid land loss and to become or remain viable operations. Throughout our 52 year history, we have been active in advocacy work for minority and disadvantaged farmers and landowners. We provide technical assistance and support to farmers in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and North Carolina. Over the past years, we have been focused on social change through the building and development of rural communities in the South. We have many archived works of art, documents, and photos spanning over these many years. Land is one of the greatest and most valuable assets African American farmers possess. Black farm land ownership, which peaked in 1910 at 16 to 19 million acres, has decreased to less than 3 million acres today. The causes of underutilization and loss of rural black land are numerous and complex. The art expo will show the life and tell the story of many families that continues to be keepers of the land and food providers. We further want to educate a new generation on the contribution of these farmers, the importance of land ownership and the importance of farming, food sovereignty, and sustainable farming. The evening of the exhibit will include a wine and cheese reception with live blues and a resource panel of food activists, black farmers, and policy experts.