Black Oregon Land Trust
BOLT is dedicated to ensuring that Black communities in Oregon have secure and affordable land access, sustainable agricultural skills, and the protected ecosystems needed to grow economically, environmentally, and culturally thriving communities.
Today, Black-owned farms account for 0.5% of total farmland in the U.S. and only 0.1% of farmland in Oregon – despite the prior existence of millions of acres of Black farmland during the reconstruction era. Led by a team of Black women in the fields of farming, policy, food systems and community organizing, we are creating a Black agricultural ecosystem across Oregon, where current and aspiring Black land stewards can develop culturally-relevant agricultural skills, access infrastructure support, and grow thriving businesses. Our priorities are:
Environmental Preservation: The future of food, farming and climate depends on our ability to protect our natural lands and resources. BOLT seeks to diversify the field of conservation, protecting our agricultural spaces for generations to come.
Culturally-Relevant Farming: Black communities across the African diaspora have rich agricultural and conservation traditions. BOLT centers our community wisdom and skills as we create opportunities for sustainable farming & conservation education rooted in ancestral practices.
Wealth Generation: Through the community trust model, Black land stewards have the opportunity to steward land securely without the financial barriers of traditional lending, grow viable businesses, and build equity through home ownership
Mothers and Children: We know that when mothers and children are care for, whole communities thrive. With half of America's farms having a woman in leadership, we are changing the narrative of who farms by centering the education of mothers and youth.
Bottom Line for Portland
1 in 5 Black families in Oregon face food insecurity, and the racial wealth gap continues to be stark. BOLT is bridging Portland’s Black communities with the agricultural skills and land-based relationships we need to grow our own food, businesses, and thriving communities. With two-thirds of Oregon’s agricultural land poised to change hands in the next 10 years due to the increasing age of farmers, we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to create a new Legacy in Oregon – one where Black families can thrive.
“As a Black aspiring farmer, BOLT has made it possible to have a healing relationship with land, and showed me that I can have a strong livelihood in agriculture that benefits my community.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As an intergenerational, Black-led organization, we believe that our collective liberation is intertwined, and thus requires the equity of resource distribution and the inclusion of a variety of identities and perspectives in our work. BOLT is led by a team of Black, gender nonconforming women who are part of the communities they serve. As an organization, we are committed to centering marginalized voices, uplifting the experiences of those who have conventionally been left out of the conversations on farming, food and agriculture.
The first 250 donors of $25 or more will receive a BOLT tote bag!
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