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Rhythms of the Land is a valentine to generations of Black farmers in the United States from the enslavement period to the present, whose intense love of the land and dedication to community enabled them to survive against overwhelming odds. They struggled from the beginning without support or recognition, and have been written out of the dominant narratives of US agriculture.
In 1920, there were over 920,000 Black families farming in the United States, although the majority were sharecroppers and tenant farmers. Today there are just over 48,697, a 95% decrease in 100 years. Black farming families have lost their land and their stories are quickly disappearing and should be preserved so that we may understand the history and nature of lives on the farms.
The goal of this documentary is to preserve their stories and honor their lives and agrarian legacies.
Rhythms of the Land is a Farms To Grow, Inc production, directed by Dr. Gail P. Myers
Promote the sustainability and legacy of Black farmers as well as sprout the next generation of small farmers.
Document and disseminate farm history to advance the public's understanding of the important roles of Black farmers.
Improve the access to urban food markets including schools, restaurants, and individual consumers for Black and other underserved farmers.
For more information on Farms To Grow, Inc visit www.farmstogrow.com
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