National Black Farmers Association Incorporated

Let's Get Growing

BASKERVILLE, VA   |  www.BlackFarmers.org

Mission

NBFA was organized in 1990 to help Black farmers retain land ownership, gain access to state and federal programs administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and to educate the Black community about farming through effective outreach and technical assistance. To date, the organization continues to work diligently to improve the quality of life in rural communities through improved agricultural outreach, technical assistance, access to credit for small farmers, family farm business development, food distribution, rural economic development and environmental protection with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Forest Service and Environmental Protection Agency.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder and President

Dr. John Boyd Jr.

Main address

68 WIND RD

BASKERVILLE, VA 23915 USA

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EIN

47-2081033

NTEE code info

Economic Development (S30)

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a well-known history of discrimination against Black farmers resulting in landloss. A study released in 1964 publicized the fact the Farmers Home Administration (FHA) had policies in place to deny credit to any Black farmer who participated in the Civil Rights Movement, joined the NAACP, or registered to vote. USDA has settled several discrimination lawsuits brough Black and other minority farmers. Yet there remains a major problem with Black and other minority farmers across the US and U.S. Territories obtaining credit from the top ten banks. Less than 3% of mortgages in the US went to African Americans, record high for farm foreclosures, bankruptcies, and suicides. COVID-19 has negatively impacted rural America and low-income families. We are working to improve the quality of life in rural communities through agricultural outreach, access to credit, for small farmers, family farm business development, food distribution, and economics.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Let's Get Growing

Let’s Get Growing program introduces the health benefits of organic food and financial opportunities in local food production. Goals - 1) Decrease the degree of malnutrition among young children by increasing consumption of locally produced organic food, 2) Increase food security for low-income families, 3) Provide access to affordable organic food and 4) Increase income potential for local food producers participating in local, state and government programs.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Next Steps Program provides early intervention and prevention services through a mentoring relationship to 150 “High Risk” youth ages 16-18 who are at risk of homelessness, high school dropout and incarceration in rural communities. The strategies within this 3-year plan are designed to encourage and assist these youth to transition successfully into self-sufficient adults who better understand the responsible use of technology.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
At-risk youth

“ReGenerating Our Farms With NRCS” project cost $738,000 ($248,000 matching funds). NBFA seeks $490,600 funding in Catergory I to expand cultural knowledge and implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill initiatives with technical assistance and best practices to build soil health, improve water quality and restore natural resources in partnership with NC State University Crop and Soil Scientist Dr. Lori Unruh-Snyder. Secondly, partnering with Farmers Footprint and Indigenous Cultural Ways to create a culturally appropriate film featuring the trials, learnings and victories of our project showcasing historically underserved farmers transitioning from conventional to regenerative farming, building and strengthening local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities in three key representative locations NC, SC and VA. Project will reach over 300,000 people and over 1 million impressions via mailings, social media, website advertisements and the featured film. Along with NRCS staff will host Free to Attend - 30th Annual NBFA conference and (6) 1 day training conferences for farmers in NC, SC and VA.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of acres of area indirectly controlled under cultivation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers, Veterans

Related Program

Let's Get Growing

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Let's Get Growing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020-2021, we reduced the number of in-person field trips. We transitioned to virtual farm visits due to COVID-19. In 2022, we hope to return to on farm demonstrations and trainings.

Average price of field trip tickets

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Let's Get Growing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

All NBFA Events are no cost to attendees.

Hectares of land that are (or are in the process of being) organically certified as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Farmers, Veterans

Related Program

Regenerating Our Farmers While Protecting Sacred Water

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Let's Get Growing Innovation Center was founded in 2019. Research and Development field studies on organic crop production.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups, Farmers, Veterans, Economically disadvantaged people, Non-adult children

Related Program

Let's Get Growing

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NBFA Regional Conferences and National Conferences are held around the county. Training workshops are held in local communities and at farm demonstration sites.

Number of clients placed in internships

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Indigenous peoples, Economically disadvantaged people, Farmers, Non-adult children

Related Program

Next Steps

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Summer Internships for Student Farmers and NBFA Scholars. Summer Internships were placed on hold in 2020-2021 due to COVID. We hope to resume internship placements in 2022.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We hope that all farmers are extended credit regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

Therefore we urge federal, state and local government agencies as well as lending institution, foundations, and corporations to join forces with the NBFA and support its programming, which encourages Black Americans and other minorities to join the farming industry and profession while providing advocacy, outreach and direct technical assistance to minority and small scale family producers.

We have a national program to recruit, train and assistance potential, new, beginning and experienced farmers who are in need of technical assistance and resources to grow their farm operation.

Our annual national conference is FREE to ATTEND. We provide face to face opportunities for farmers, ranchers and landowners to network and work collectively on an action plan to address their needs and concerns for the upcoming year.

We share information via our website, social media, webinars and community meetings.

The NBFA has an experienced, well qualified staff and executive leadership.

We have offices in VA as well as other farm training sites across the United States.

The NBFA has an MOU with EPA, US Forest Service and USDA to work together to address the concerns of Black Farmers as well as other minorities with the shared goals of increasing participation in federal programs and services of socially disadvantaged people groups.

The NBFA just hosted it's 31st Annual NBFA Conference with over 700 (virtual and in-person) attendees for the 2 day interactive event.

The Let's Get Growing Program on the Let's Get Growing Campus in Boydton, VA has expanded to 100 acres of research and development field research as well as an additional meeting and training facility in Baskerville, VA for potential, new, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers.

The 32nd Annual NBFA Conference will be held November 4-5, 2022 in Baskerville, VA.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Black Farmers Association Incorporated

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. John Boyd

NBFA

Term: 1990 - 2024

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2022

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.