Celebrating Black History Month with Food

Good food brings people together. From recipes to gardening practices passed down through generations, our food tells a story. Unfortunately, not all stories are good ones. The foundation of our food system is rooted in the exploitation of enslaved people forced to work on stolen Indigenous land. Despite emancipation, discriminatory land policies drastically impacted land access for Black farmers. Today, fewer than 2% of all farms in the United States are Black-owned.

In Michigan, there is a long list of organizations working to address disparities and advance justice and equity in the food system:

Supporting these businesses and organizations with our dollars, time, and energy is one way to take direct action to champion Black food sovereignty and a more equitable and just food system. Another step on the journey to becoming a strong ally and co-conspirator in the Black food movement, is to educate yourself about our food system’s troubled history, the resilience and brilliance of Black food and farming communities, and the rich culinary traditions of the diverse African diaspora. 

There are countless opportunities to learn about these topics through books, movies, podcasts, community events and more.

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P.S. Did you know that you can search by ownership type in our Find Food and Farms directory? Explore Black Owned businesses to support this Black History Month and all year long! See them here