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Meet The Farmers


Black Farm CSA is here to provide you with food you can trust which is why we started “ Grown For You By…” We source the freshest produce available from a network of  small to mid-sized socially disadvantaged producers. We do this work so we can service the community year-round and you can get freshly harvested produce from our trusted community of farmers. Read below about some of the amazing producers that make up our community!




Browntown Farms: Warfield, VA

 


Browntown Farms has been in the Brown family since 1908, when it was purchased by Herbert's great-great-grandfather. The farm grew tobacco until the early ‘90s, when the family stopped farming due to the decline of tobacco. When Herbert's dad "retired," he decided to dedicate himself to bringing the farm back to life—no leisurely retirement, for sure, but one driven by the desire to see the family farm thrive. Herbert shared his father's vision and went off to college to study agricultural business in 2006, the same year that his dad started rehabbing the farm. 

Their first crops were vegetables, but with access only to small, local markets in an area where many people had their own gardens, they had a hard time finding sufficient demand for their products and knew they needed to branch into something else. They decided to try strawberries in 2013, and that was the thing.

With momentum behind them from the sales of strawberries, the farm started growing other fruit, producing small-batch artisan jams, and adding new infrastructure (like hoop houses to be able to extend the growing season). Today, Browntown Farms grows on four acres of the family land, with a vision of continuing to expand and add on to their operation. The farm uses low-spray methods, meaning that they use the minimally effective dose of chemicals only when needed, and their primary fertilizer source is mushroom compost, which they source from Maryland. 


 


Deep Roots Farm: Brandywine, MD & Upper Marlboro, MD

Deep Roots Farm is a regenerative ''O'', women owned and operated farm located in Brandywine and Upper Marlboro, MD.  We grow vegetables, herbs, fruit, and flowers, and raise chickens on 50 acres for our community. Regenerative "O" describes a holistic approach to farming that encourages continuous innovation and improvement of environmental, social, and economic measures. “The number one priority in regenerative ''O'' agriculture is soil health.  Soil health is intrinsically linked to the total health of our food system. Soil health affects everything from plant health to human well being and the future of our planet.  Regenerative prioritizes soil health while simultaneously encompassing high standards for animal welfare and worker fairness. The idea is to create farm systems that work in harmony with nature to improve the quality of life for every creature involved”




Moore’s Family Farm: Blount’s Creek, NC

 

 The Moore’s Family Farm is a 3rd generation small family farm in Blounts Creek, NC. Their family farm has been in service since the early 1900’s. Kelton, his wife Vera, and their three sons Eugene, Kelton and Stephon started growing and selling vegetables in 1989 on the streets in Greenville and Washington on Saturday’s Later they started selling at the Greenville Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s. They now sell at the New Bern Farmers Market two days a week Tuesday and Saturday and at the Greenville Uptown Umbrella Market. They grow about 25 different types of vegetables with different varieties of each on family land. In 2010, they purchased a high tunnel greenhouse to grow vegetables in the winter months, and started using the plastic culture and irrigation system. In 2014 the farm started a Farmers Co-op to bring small Farmer’s of color together to share ideas, learn from some of the older farmers, and bring in young new farmers. Last year they started a partnership with our organization so we can both be mutually beneficial and create a stronger community.

 

 


Strength 2 Love Farm II: Baltimore, MD

 

Strength to Love II is a community based program in west Baltimore’s Sandtown- Winchester neighborhood that uses a 1.5 acre farm to offer workforce development and employment to community residents and citizens returning from incarceration. The farm also helps to address the food apartheid issue in and surrounding their neighborhood. As a program of the nonprofit Intersection of Change, they follow a mission statement that seeks to enrich the economic, social and spiritual lives of those dealing with poverty related issues in their community.

The 1.5 acre farm at Strength to Love II is a community based urban farm that provides hands-on agricultural training and job opportunities for their workforce development participants and citizens returning from incarceration while also addressing their neighborhood’s food apartheid issue. The farm is a visible symbol of transformation in their community that has successfully converted vacant land into an operational farm by growing organic produce for local consumption. They use environmentally sustainable methods to grow their high quality produce. They offer fresh, nutritious, great tasting produce at competitive prices to diverse retail, restaurant, institutional, and individual customers.

 

 

 

The Farm at Kelly Miller: Washington, DC

 Volunteer - Dreaming Out LoudFarm & Food Hub at Kelly Miller - Dreaming Out LoudAbout the Farm at Kelly Miller - Dreaming Out Loud

In 2018, Dreaming Out Loud launched the two-acre Kelly Miller Farm and Food Hub on the campus of the Kelly Miller Middle School in Ward 7 of the city. The Farm and Food Hub serves as a source of fresh food for our programs. Teaching youth to grow and cook food in a way that celebrates their cultural traditions, inspiring healthy lifestyles and promoting creativity and civic engagement in the classroom and community. This is made possible by the cultivation of a variety of fresh, culturally significant produce on our farm, as well as the gathering of healthy food from a diverse group of regional farmers and producers. This abundance allows Dreaming Out Loud to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to students at Kelly Miller Middle School through the school cafeteria and collaborate with school instructors to create a culinary curriculum which supports and enhances the school’s core subject curriculum.



 

G. Flores Produce: Hague, VA

Located in Virginia's Northern Neck region, G. Flores Produce is a family farm on over 40 acres of land. Second-generation farmer, Omar and the Flores Family are committed to growing a large variety of produce following sustainable growing practices.

Harvests from G. Flores Produce rotate through the seasons and their offerings change almost weekly, illustrating how extremely productive of a farm they are. Cultivating everything from kale, greens, and lettuce varieties to alliums (the onion family), snap peas, tomatoes, peppers, squashes, melons, root vegetables, herbs, berries with low spray techniques and crop rotation for healthy soil. Unique specialty crops such as squash blossoms and sorrel are grown on the farm. 

 


 

Tallawah Farms: Princess Anne, MD

Tallawah is a family-operated farm that specializes in locally grown ethnic/specialty crops, providing migrants with freshly grown produce that they could only get from home. The farm is located on 1 1/2-acre property in the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The name “Tallawah” (t-ALLAH-wah) is derived from Jamaica. It is a term used to classify someone or something as strong, fearless, and not to be underestimated. This name perfectly describes the spirit, strength and pride that is carried out at Tallawah Farms. They are small but never to be underestimated. On its small acreage, Tallawah produces over 800 pounds of callaloo, 600 pounds of Scotch bonnet peppers, 500 pounds of habanero weekly, and a whole lot more. 

Today, they also grow callaloo, African garden egg, Jamaican sorrel, Jamaican pumpkin, bell peppers, cucumbers, and okra in addition to collard greens and kale sustainably. Our belief is that anything used in excess can be detrimental, therefore, they take pride in soil building to maintain soil health: “healthy soils, healthy crops.”

Tallawah was started by Nadine Burton and is now a family operation. From an early age, Nadine has been tilling the ground. It all started back in Jamaica when she would accompany her grandfather to the farm. Her grandfather would occasionally give her a few of the seeds that he was planting. She would plant them, but her plants would never look as healthy as her grandfather’s, and this puzzled her. How fascinating! From seeds to tiny plants, then to food? Intriguing!

Curious Nadine set out to understand the science of growing of crops.  She went to some of the best institutions where she obtained an associate degree in general agriculture, a teaching diploma in agricultural science, a Bachelor of Technology in agricultural production, Master of Science, and a Ph.D. in food science majoring in plant and soil with a concentration in ethnic crop production.

As a student and a farmer, Nadine mastered the skills in growing ethnic crops, and incorporating all of the faculties earned her the ethnic crop specialist title. She now educates farmers on ethnic/specialty crop production. Now, having an example to support your teaching is a very important tool and that is what Tallawah exemplifies. Tallawah serves as a pilot farm leading the way in growing locally ethnic/specialty produce to satisfy increasing demand. Text and photos courtesy of Tallawah Farm




Blossom Bakery: Washington, DC


Blossom Bakery is a local bakery focused on selling high quality fresh baked goods at local markets and corner stores in food deserts in DC. The bakery creates small batch, homemade desserts including gluten free and dairy free items. Blossom is also a non-profit that employs marginally employed and/or chronically unemployed women and is committed to their responsibility to provide not just a paycheck, but an empowering and positive work experience.

Employees receive extensive training including sales skills, soft/interpersonal skills, such as practicing self control and active listening. Blossom also teaches mindfulness techniques to improve stress tolerance and resilience.