Sankofa Farms, a 2-acre farm in Cedar Grove, NC, produces vegetables, chicken, quail, and duck eggs, and seeks to create a sustainable food source for those living in both rural and urban parts of North Carolina. They also run a year-long agricultural program targeting at-risk black males in Durham/Orange County, NC, that focuses on regenerative agriculture, discipline, and communal responsibility. They received a $2,900.39 grant to increase their honeybee production and purchase a caterpillar tunnel and low-tunnel supplies.
This season, Sankofa was able to purchase and install two beehives and a caterpillar tunnel. This increased their food production and community engagement. Both the beehives and caterpillar tunnel played key roles in educational programming throughout the summer. CEO Kamal Bell told us, “With the help of the grant, we served over 200 people, ranging from the ages of 12–60! People learned everything from beekeeping to how to properly plant in the caterpillar tunnels.”