Black Farmers Rebuild West Virginia’s Farming Economy

As reported in the 2017 Census of Agriculture, there are two million farms in the US but only 35,470 of them are Black-owned. In West Virginia, military veteran and farmer Jason Tartt is trying to change that. Having grown up in the state, Tartt recollects how Black people from his community used to always have a hand in agriculture. However, as the Black population in …

Indigenous Communities Restore Oceans With Seaweed Cultivation

From Hawaii to Alaska to British Columbia, Indigenous communities cultivate seaweed in order to restore it, fortify ancestral knowledge, support food sovereignty and mitigate climate change. While each community has their own initiative specific to their culture and environment, all follow Indigenous understandings of interconnectedness. In Hawaii, for instance, community group Limu Hui seeks to rehabilitate the Hawaiian red algae known as limu kohu, which …

Common Citizen’s “Principle” Centers People Over Profit

From concept to execution, this cannabis company considers community

At Common Citizen—one of the largest cannabis operators in Michigan—marijuana is more than a hobby. It’s a catalyst for community, a pathway toward healing and an opportunity for equity. With Principle, their newest one-gram pre-rolls, the purveyors put this ethos to action, donating 100% of the wholesale profits to local Michigan organizations that are hand-picked by Common Citizen’s partner Cannaclusive, an initiative dedicated to facilitating …