Clemmons Family Farm

A Sense of Place

Charlotte, VT   |  CLEMMONSFAMILYFARM.ORG

Mission

We honor the legacy of Jackson and Lydia Clemmons, and are centered at a 148-acre historic working farm that is one of the 0.4% of farms in the US that remain African American owned.  Our Mission: 1. PRESERVE and maintain the Clemmons farm in Charlotte, Vermont as an educational prototype, and a model for preserving other African-American owned agricultural land, cultural and heritage assets in the U.S. 2. EMPOWER a growing network of Vermont's Black artists and culture bearers with opportunities for professional development, advocacy, visibility, networking, paid engagements, collective healing, and a safe haven for creativity that helps them to thrive; and 3. BUILD a loving and supportive multicultural community around African-American/African diaspora history, arts and culture.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Lydia Clemmons

Main address

2213 Greenbush Rd

Charlotte, VT 05445 USA

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EIN

84-2314023

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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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?

A Sense of Place

Creative place-making around the historic Clemmons farm in Vermont mobilizes the power of place to build a loving, multicultural community in Vermont. The farm includes 60 acres of prime agriculture soils, another 60 acres of forest and woodlands, and six historic buildings.

Over this past century, African-Americans have lost 93% of their land assets in the U.S. The Clemmons farm is one of the 0.4% of farms in the nation that remain African-American owned. It is one of 23 official landmarks on the Vermont African-American Heritage Trail. Clemmons Family Farm stewards ~138 acres of the historic farm under a 20-year lease.

Stewardship includes careful work to preserve, protect and interpret the land and the beautiful historic buildings. Program activities include place-based tours, exhibits, outdoor and indoor arts, culture and nature activities, and other community programs focused on African-American and African diaspora history, art and cultures.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children
People of African descent
Multiracial people
People of European descent

Our work is to strengthen the capacity of Vermont's Black artists and culture bearers through networking, professional development, visibility and paid opportunities. We also advocate for Vermont schools, communities and organizations to provide equitable compensation that empowers Black artists to thrive in Vermont's creative economy. This is a growing, state-wide network of artists who self-identify as Black/African-American, of African descent, or of the African diaspora.

Population(s) Served

An arts-integrated K-12 learning program about African-American history and culture. The program includes topic overviews, curated resources, tools for teaching, downloadabe handouts and coloring pages, power point presentations, pre-recorded arts engagements, and live-streamed arts engagements led by our Vermont teaching artists of African descent.

The program uses our signature "LEARN-COMMUNE-CREATE" approach that centers core learning standards of identity, empathy, justice and action within safe, brave and creative spaces to bring the whole history of the African-American experience, which includes history not typically taught in K-12 public schools, focuses on not only the painful past but also the achievements, links lessons from history to contemporary issues, and builds the understanding of and appreciation for the life skills of resillience, resistance and joy.

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Trained artists facilitate storytelling sessions with providers of COVID 19 vaccinations and Black Vermonters to learn about their vaccination experiences. The storytelling is integrated with creative visual and performing arts using semi-structured protocols and prompts to elicit the sharing of experiences. The stories are audio-recorded and analyzed to generate lessons learned and recommendations to help the Vermont Department of Health improve its health services for Black Vermonters and, as needed, its training and support to vaccination providers. The stories will also be shared with the general public, maintaining the anonymity of the storyteller participants.

Population(s) Served

This program provides free wellness arts sessions led by Clemmons Family Farm's collaborating artists who are members of the Vermont African-American and African Diaspora Artists Network. The sessions are delivered over Zoom with the goal of building, health, wellness, healing community and creativity to Black Vermonters around the state through the arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens
People of African descent

Stewardship of a 60-acre Clayplain forest and wetlands that are under a Vermont Forest Management Plan that includes invasives management, and registered with the American Tree Farm System. Stewardship of ~60 acres of prime agricultural land enrolled in Vermont's Curreunt Use Program (CUP) that produces two annual crops of organic hay, plus wheat, soy, corn, pinto beans and black beans on a rotational basis. Stewardship of an African diaspora culinary heritage hoop house garden for food crops tied to the Clemmons Family Farm's culinary arts programs (cooking classes, cooking demonstrations, tastings, catered meetings and events at the farm,and pop-up food and beverage events).

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Adults
People of African descent
Adults
Children and youth
People of European descent

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Vermont artists and culture bearers of African descent; Vermont K-12 teachers, students and parents; Black Vermonters; general public

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In February 2021, we conducted a 6-week pilot of one of our programs (Windows to A Multicultural World K-12 remote learning program). We used written surveys, individual interviews and focus group discussions to obtain feedback from the program beneficiaires. We are now using the feedback to update the content and delivery of the program, and to also provide coaching and top-up training to our team who deliver the programming.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Clemmons Family Farm

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lydia Clemmons

Clemmons Family Farm

Term: 2021 - 2023

Leslie Wells

Arnold Thomas

Lydia Clemmons

Margaret Bass

Jules Polk

Donna Sherard

Denise Bailey

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.