Date(s) - Thursday, Mar 31, 2022
Find out how two local organizations are working together to save farmland and increase access to fresh food in a virtual event to be held 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
The Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with Providence Farm Collective (PFC), which leases farmland in Orchard Park where nearly 300 refugee, immigrant and Black farmers grow healthy food for their children and their communities.
The organizations are teaming up to raise money by the end of this year so PFC can buy the land and add needed infrastructure. The Land Conservancy will permanently protect the farm with a conservation easement. The farmers will always have land to call home.
The event will include presentations by Deputy Executive Director Jajean Rose-Burney, deputy executinve director of the WNY Land Conservancy; PFC Executive Director Kristin Heltman-Weiss, and PFC Markets Manager Hamadi Ali, who spent years at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya after fleeing his war-torn native country, Somalia, in the early 1990s.