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WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE. SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’’S INITIATIVE. SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE . Three State Collaboration Children Defense Fund (Mississippi)

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women in agriculture

WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE

SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’’S INITIATIVE

southern rural black women s initiative for economic and social justice
SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • Three State Collaboration
  • Children Defense Fund (Mississippi)
  • Federation of Child Care Centers (Alabama)
  • Southwest Georgia project for Community Education (Georgia)
  • Major Contributors: Ford Foundation, MS Foundation, Margarite Casey Foundation
  • Operates in 77 counties across the Black Belt
southern rural black women s initiative for economic and social justice6
SOUTHERN RURAL BLACK WOMEN’S INITIATIVE FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
  • Three State Collaboration
  • Children Defense Fund (Mississippi)
  • Federation of Child Care Centers (Alabama)
  • Southwest Georgia project for Community Education (Georgia)
  • Major Contributors: Ford Foundation, MS Foundation, Margarite Casey Foundation
  • Operates in 77 counties across the Black Belt
mission of srbwi
MISSION OF SRBWI
  • TO PROVIDE NOURISHMENT
  • TO ENGAGE WOMEN IN ADVOCACY AND POLICY INITIATIVES
  • TO ENGAGE WOMEN IN AN ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
  • TO DEVELOP ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
  • TO BUILD LINKAGES WITH WOMEN’S GROUPS COMMITTED TO ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
our resolve
OUR RESOLVE…
  • Secure employment or skills that will provide families a higher income
  • Identify services needed in each community and create self-employment or small business opportunities to meet those needs
  • Develop programs to help young people and senior citizens
latest group agriculture project
LATEST GROUP AGRICULTURE PROJECT
  • SMALL ACREAGE AND LIMITED ACCESS TO FARM EQUIPMENT
  • WOMEN WORKING AS A GROUP
  • LOCAL MARKETING OF PRODUCE
southern alternatives
Southern Alternatives
  • Worker and Farmer owned cooperative
  • Five members
  • Grow and process pecans
  • Pecan Candies
technical assistance
Technical Assistance
  • Provided by Federation and SRBWI
    • Production
    • Product Development
    • Plant Operations
    • Marketing
    • Business Development
    • Funding
funding
Funding
  • Equal Exchange (2006, 2007)
  • Oxfam America (2006, 2007)
  • Presbyterian SDOP (2007)
  • SRBWI Seed Capitol (2007)
markets
Markets
  • Fair Trade Wholesale Market
    • Equal Exchange
  • Co-op Grocery Stores
  • Bakery
  • Mail Order
new equipment
New Equipment

Heavy Duty Lift

& Stacker

slide20
Color Sorter

- Separates out dark pecan pieces and halves from batch

women in agriculture21
Women in Agriculture
  • Three counties (Clay, Dougherty, Worth) with five to eight women actively growing produce
  • Eight counties participating in 2008
    • Non-traditional crops
  • Joint marketing of produce with Flint River Farmers Cooperative
technical assistance23
Technical Assistance
  • Provided by Federation and SRBWI
    • Production
    • Marketing
      • Partnership with Flint River Co-op
      • Farmers Market
      • Local Retail Markets
    • Co-op development
  • Funding from SRBWI Seed Capital Fund
herbs grown by the herb maven on the c m mini farm
Herbs grown by the “Herb Maven” on the C & M Mini-Farm
  • Herbs grown by the “Herb Maven” on the C & M Mini-Farm
  • Herb Type Classification Use With
  • Basil Annual Culinary Tomatoes based recipes
  • Chives Perennial Culinary Eggs, meats, vegetables
  • Cilantro Biennial Culinary Salsa
  • Fennel Perennial Culinary Soups, salads
  • *Garlic Perennial Culinary Meats, vegetables
  • *Italian Parsley Biennial Culinary Garnish, salads, soup
  • Lavender Perennial Aromatic/Ornamental Dried flower displays
  • Marjoram Annual Culinary Meats, stews, salads
  • Oregano Perennial Culinary Meats, vegetables
  • Rosemary Perennial Aromatic/Culinary Meats, breads
  • Tarragon Perennial Culinary Soups
  • Thyme Perennial Culinary Meats, vegetables
  • Sage Perennial Culinary Meats, sausage
  • Spearmint Perennial Aromatic/Ornamental Beverages, garnish, desserts
  • * Parsley and Garlic are actually vegetables
planting in raised beds
Planting in Raised Beds
  • SRBWI members and farmers from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina planting herbs in a raised bed at the Federation's Training Center in Epes, Alabama.
wic market
WIC Market
  • 144 Farmers in Georgia participating
    • Farmers sell produce grown in Georgia or within 25 miles of border
  • Operates from May – October
  • Over $900,000 in revenue
flint river farmers cooperatives
FLINT RIVER FARMERS COOPERATIVES
  • Located in Baker County
  • Operated by Farmers from Baker and Brooks Counties
  • Usually can produce 30,000 Pounds of Fresh Pot-Ready Collards
  • Capable of Slicing Squash
  • Capable of Snapping Beans
  • Shelling Peas
training resources
TRAINING RESOURCES
  • SARE
  • RISK MANAGEMENT
albany farmers market
ALBANY FARMERS MARKET
  • Located West Broad Avenue and North Jackson Street in Albany-Dougherty County Parking Deck
  • Opened Every Saturday 8:00am-1:00pm
  • Only Southwest Georgia Fresh Vegetables and Fruits are sold
  • Produce sold grown by local farmers
contact information
CONTACT INFORMATION
  • www.srbwi.org
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