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THE GREENING OF BLACK AMERICA INITIATIVE: Generating Economic Opportunities for Rural, Low-Wealth and Minority Communities in the Carolina’s. Joseph J. James, President & CEO The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) Phone: (803) 462-0153 E-mail: [email protected]

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THE GREENING OF BLACK AMERICA INITIATIVE: Generating Economic Opportunities for Rural, Low-Wealth and Minority Communities in the Carolina’s

Joseph J. James, President & CEO

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO)

Phone: (803) 462-0153 E-mail: [email protected]

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

the greening of black america initiative
THE GREENING OF BLACK AMERICA INITIATIVE

Goal: To assure that poor, black rural communities are part of and benefit from our nation’s growing, new “green” economy.

Key Components:

  • Develop Community Farmers Markets
  • Develop Bio-Diesel Systems
  • Grow & Process Agricultural & Forest Biomass
  • Use the Latest Technologies to Reach Goal

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

develop community farmers markets

Develop Community Farmers Markets

Inner-City Community Farmers Markets help black farmers sell their products direct, to generate “retail” revenues, reduce the number of “food miles” and to improve nutrition of urban dwellers.

CEO’s first Farmers Market successfully opened, in June, at 6,000-member, Brookland Baptist Church, in West Columbia, South Carolina.

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

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Developing Bio-Diesel Systems

Farmers and Producers can lower their on-farm fuel costs by coming together in a Bio-Diesel System, where they grow various oil seed crops, like canola, and have a Strategic Partner, like CEO, collect waste cooking oil in an urban area.

The Strategic Partner can then process oils, from the two sources, into a lower-cost fuel, for sale for on-farm use.

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

growing bio crops for sale
Growing Bio-Crops for Sale

Farmers and Producers can also grow bio-crops or trees, which they can sell to companies which wish to convert that biomass into fuels or energy.

Some things to keep in mind, are the costs to produce the crop, how much biomass is produced per acre and the logistics of shipping it to customers and customer needs.

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

use the latest technology
USE THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY

Because shipping costs need to be kept as low as possible and biomass needs to be in as useful a form as possible for the customer, it is important to be aware of and to utilize the latest technology to pre-treat and process agricultural and forest biomass, at or as near its point of harvest.

Agri-tech Producers, LLC’s torrefaction technology creates more opportunities for small and minority agricultural and forestry producers to participate in the green economy.

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

torrefaction enhance densify
Torrefaction: Enhance & Densify
  • Untreated biomass is approximately 50% water, it is bulky and it is not, at the point of harvest in its most efficient or useable form.
  • Torrefaction:
    • Drives off most of the water
    • Reduces the bulk
    • Makes a far superior co-fire fuel to burn with coal
    • Makes superior briquettes and pellets, etc.
  • Torrefaction, used near the point of harvest:
    • Reduces transportation costs of biomass, per BTU
    • Produces a more valuable material to ship
    • Allows Small Farmers/Producers to Participate*
the greening of black america initiative1
THE GREENING OF BLACK AMERICA INITIATIVE
  • Goal: To assure that poor, black rural communities are part of and benefit from our nation’s growing, new “green” economy.
  • Key Components:
    • Develop Community Farmers Markets
    • Develop Bio-Diesel Systems
    • Grow & Process Agricultural & Forest Biomass
    • Use the Latest Technology to Reach Goal

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) ...”Prosperity for All”

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Joseph J. James

President

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity

&

Agri-Tech Producers, LLC

Phone: (803) 462-0153

E-mail: [email protected]

www.prosperityforall.org

www.agri-techproducers.com

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity...”Prosperity for All”

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