Recently the Southern Grassroots Economies Project was established to support worker co-op development in the South, in coalition with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and other groups. We’ve had three education conferences and our plan is to raise money for a revolving loan fund, as well as to support education, policy and financing for co-ops in the South.
There’s a growing interest in Black co-op farming. Black people doing urban farming or working on food security issues are now starting either co-op farms or co-op food outlets, connecting rural and urban farming, for example in Detroit, Oakland, Boston, New York City, Washington, DC, and Jackson. In addition, the Federation of Southern Cooperatives has been in existence since the late 1960s, supporting rural farmers and marketing co-ops, housing co-ops, and rural co-op development, as well as Black land retention.
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