In a previous post, I shared a documentary that featured sixteen prominent Black men in Charlotte, NC. It included community organizers, activists, and leaders who are making a difference for Black Charlotte. Well, one of the brothers featured, Brother Wisdom Jzar (I AM We Fitness), has a family-run farm and is in the process of making a big move. So it’s only right that I provide you all with an update.
Deep Roots CPS Farm
Located in Charlotte, NC, Deep Roots CPS Farm is an urban farming business of Deep Roots Community Planning Solutions. They grow a variety of vegetables, herbs, fruits, beekeeping, and backyard chickens on .25 acres of land. And their mission is to supply healthy organic food to urban communities, as well as increase the numbers for Black and Brown people in the food production sector because there is a shortage.
According to Spectrum News 1, a 2017 census from The Department of Agriculture revealed that 95 percent of farmers in the United States are white, with less than 50,000 Black farmers. Here in North Carolina, one of the top 12 states to produce Black farmers, there are only about 2,000 Black farmers. But Brother Jzar and his wife/cofounder, Cherie Jzar, have a plan to help change those numbers: land ownership.
The Jzar family is organizing a fundraiser to raise the money to purchase a 3-acre property for their farming business. This purchase will help many within the community get into the agricultural field and gain access to nutritious foods that have historically been absent in urban areas. Their team believes that sustainable agriculture promotes healthy living, stewardship, and strong community connections.
“Our hope is that we can elevate our community in some way and expand our network and that it makes a significant impact in having access to healthier foods and even having access to local food.”
If you’d like to make a donation to the Jzar family and help them meet their goal, click here.
Until Next Time…
Photo Credit: Facebook
Video Source: Spectrum News 1
Whittington, M. (2021, February 1). Charlotte Urban Farm Business Working to Cultivate More Black Farmers. Spectrum News 1. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2021/02/01/charlotte-urban-farm-business-working-to-cultivate-more-black-famers-.