"I see farming as a business, not a lifestyle. I'm talking about a good living for the farmer, maybe even a Caribbean vacation once in a while."
In honor of the beginning of Black History Month, College Go Green and Brilliant Changes went to visit the Shady Grove Road Blueberry Patch and to finalize their choice for the site of the Tuskegee Biogas Technology Project. The property has a beautiful two acre blueberry farm where "the berries are deep blue and the birds are always singing."
In the 1980's Dr. Booker T. Whatley, Tuskegee University Professor, began to create his model for a small farm that could earn $100,000 using sustainable practices. He was nationally renown for his expertise on small farms and was frequently featured in agriculture magazines to help advocate for earning revenue by living in balance with nature. He believed in more than just subsistence farming, he wanted the small farms to be profitable. This was back in the 80's and the Green Movement of today had not established its momentum. Rural America, particularly Black Rural America, was still a place were many people from the South developed a relationship with nature.
|Mrs. Gbadamosi showing her pride in her work|
|Phil Stringer and Ashley Ware examining blueberry plants|