Second Annual Black Farmers Market Promotes Community and Health

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The second annual Black Farmers Market brought together farmers, vendors, and other agriculturalists from Philadelphia on Saturday.

The second annual Black Farmers Market brought together many farmers, vendors, and other agriculturalists from Philadelphia to the Glenda Ann Christopher Memorial Park in Kingsessing on Saturday, writes Nate File for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

People came from all parts of the city to buy fresh produce and plants, as well as find community and promote holistic health.

“It felt like it was a big experience,” said Lee Scottlorde, a coordinator for Black Farmers, the group that organized the event. “It felt like we were bringing the village back together.”

Pastor Darien Thomas is a co-founder of the Black Farmers group. He grew up in Philadelphia’s Eastwick section, where his family and their neighbors mostly relied on the food they grew themselves. They often gave away much of the produce because they had too much.

During the 20th century, Black farmers throughout the country lost huge stretches of farmland. Thomas believes that Philadelphians could benefit if there were more farming, agriculture, and fresh produce in their neighborhoods.

“We can bring food and bring productivity to the community in a way where instead of waiting for fruits and vegetables to come [from] miles away, you can grow it right in your own yard,” he said.

Read more about the Black Farmers Market in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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