Category Archives: African Americans

UC Santa Cruz Small Farm Course

Grow A Farmer

Cultivating The Next Generation

“There’s a revolution underway–from inner city farmer’s markets to community to community supported agriculture (CAS), to school cafeterias grow a farmerthat serve locally grown locally grown food, people across the country AND THE WORLD are rejecting industrial food and farming in favor of local, organic, community-scale systems. Now the most critical challenge is ironically, the lack of with the training and knowledge to produce and market fresh, delicious organic food while caring for the land AND THE COMMUNITY they work and sell to.” (from the Grow A Farmer website)

Look at the signs of the time … With President Obama signed onto the Green Economy, the entire grid of the United States is going to have to be re-built.  The day of 18-wheelers transporting crops from one cost to another also has a “time-date” stamp marked on it. The only constant in the universe is change, and the way we grow food is no different.

AgicultureCareers.com states that the Department of Labor Employmment and Training Administration for direct farm workers are:

Today’s agriculture offers over 200 rewarding and challenging careers. 32% of these openings will be in science, engineering, and related specialties like Marketing, merchandising and sales. Many of the position are located in urban areas. See: AgricultureCareers.com

Opportunities are abundant for minority candidates. According to the 1990 census:

  • African Americans accounted for only 3.1% of employed foresters
  • and 6.9% of employed forestry technicians
  • Industry sources would like to increase those numbers by three to four times in the near future.

The University of Santa Cruz has an internationally respected, SIX-MONTH small, organic farming program. Click here to read more.

YouTube Grow A Farmer and check it out for yourself.

Great News! $500 million for Green Jobs!

Green Hardhat(Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:53pm on Facebook.com )
President Obama just signed the FINAL version of the economic recovery bill. And guess what?  $500 million for green jobs training is included in the package!

This is a huge victory. And together, we’ve been fighting for it for more than a year.  Thank you for all you’ve done to get $500 million for green job training into the recovery bill!

Read more: Green For All Blog

Why This Blog

In this blog, I plan to offer: WillScott

Green For All. Green opportunities are increasing. One of my go-to sites for “Green” information will be Van Jones’ website along with his book, “The Green Collar Economy.”

Small Farming ideas. It’s nice to dream, but better to KNOW your future is already charted … and it looks GREAT!

New farmer opportunities … they’re not just for the young.

Urban farming. Not everyone wants to find 10 acres in paradise.

Dogs. You can’t have a farm without a good guard dawg or two. Plus, thars them goats dat need herding..

Real Estate. What good is a dream without good search tools and reliable agents?

Agri-business. Of course, what good is a dream if you can turn a buck with it. This is a great time to get into small farming, organic farming, and farming aimed at Farmer’s Markets.

This is about more than self-sustainability. It’s about self-actualization, bringing your ideas to the world’s table, creativity, making living art … but more … it’s about getting back to baseline. Mental and spiritual health. Raising families that are not doomed to … “meaningless, empty, hopeless lives without love.”

This is a Great Time

CornelWestblackboard In “Race Matters”, theologian Cornel West wrote:

“The greatest problem facing the black community today is nihilism. Nihilism is … the live experience of coping with a life of horrifying meaninglessness, hopelessness, and (most important) lovelessness.”

Until the early 1970’s black Americans had the lowest suicide rate in the United States, but now, black people lead the nation in the rate of increased suicide.

“… There is a change…” In fact, MAJOR changed occurred. African Americans now have some of the highest suicide rates in the nation.

The changes that have influenced culture and class over the last 25 years did not occur by accident.  The resulting black on black terror, the disruption of the black business community, mass addiction, and the general distruption of black social life was very effectively designed.

The proper reaction? Self-pity is just another clog in the wheels of addiction and disempowerment. Anger? Pure foolishness. Far better to remember the quote:

“Every problem is an opportunity in work clothes.”
– Henry J. Kaiser

This blog will look at not the problems … but the MANY opportunities that are currently staring us in our collective faces. Greenfreed believes that opportunities are currently boundless. Not just for blacks, but for all of us.

  • Instead of blaming the illegals, let’s look at what they’re teaching us.
  • Instead of blaming whites or Jews or Asians … greenfred encourages a higher, more spiritual step … link, network and befriend as many people as you can. Isolation leads to poverty.
  • Instead of crying about the loss of industry in a given area, lets look at the fact that the infrastructure is still there! The gas, water, and plumbing is still there. Working with unimaginative City Councils to open up existing green space for urban farming is just one of the MANY opportunities that can bring new revenue to communities and empower people.

…. Besides … “it’s ALL spiritual…”
Have fun, be happy, create love, and if you look two steps beyond any problem, you can get paid.

Peace