This Black History Month, we would like to highlight Caria Hawkins the owner of Abundant Harvest Farms. Caria has been a long time supporter of The Duval Soil & Water Conservation District and a panelist at our previous Start Farming events. Caria also owns one of few Black-Owned Farms in Northeast Florida.
Hawkins was featured in a Feeding Northeast Florida article on African American’s and Agriculture. Here is an expert.
| There were nearly a million black farmers in America by 1920. Yet today, of the country’s 3.4 million total farmers, only 1.3%, or 45,508, are black, according to the USDA 2017 Census of Agriculture report. “Agriculture and African American history go back for centuries,” said Hawkins hopes that more African American youth become involved in farming. “I really feel like our future depends on our African American youth and if the craft is not handed down, we’re going to lose something in between,” said Hawkins. “Our community’s health and independence rely on consistent access to nutritious, affordable food.” |
Abundant Harvest is Nestled in the heart of a pecan orchard and surrounded by 40-acres of green pastures, Abundant Harvests farm is located in Baker County, 30 minutes west of Jacksonville, Fl.
Abundant Harvest farms four acres of vegetables, greens, & herbs grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, insecticide, and commercial fertilizers, that is also GMO-free. In addition, the farm has free range chicken as well as pasture raised cows and pigs that graze on grass and all natural based systems. Abundant Harvests engages in farming practices that protect the environment, public health, and animal welfare. This includes use of two artesian wells to irrigate crops and water our animals, the implementation of crop rotation, and bio intensive integrated pest management.
You can purchase the local produce and famous pecan roasted coffee at Riverside Arts Market and at The Fresh Produce Market by Abundant Harvests Farm at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) Terminal
Please visit follow Abundant Harvest Farms on Facebook, Visit their website at http://www.abundantharvests.farm
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