On a drizzly fall day, Masra Clamoungou, the farm manager for Small Axe Farm, was getting ready for winter. Small Axe is part of a patchwork of farms east of Seattle, Washington, US. During the growing season, the areas feels like an enormous produce aisle, striped with neat rows of kale, carrots, cabbage, peonies, blueberries, tomatoes and more. As part of the Black Farmers Collective, Small Axe is more than just a place to grow food. It’s also a place for growing Black-owned farm-based businesses and helping the collective fulfill its mission: building a Black-led food system that heals and enlivens Seattle’s Black community. The collective collaborates with Black-led markets and food banks, and brings people together to celebrate life and land, with its farms and farmers at the center of its efforts. The collective aims to bridge a tiny portion of the estimated $10 trillion racial wealth gap that resulted from slavery and ongoing racial discrimination against Black Americans.

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