Making Contact

Making Contact – Being Black and Green: African-Americans & the Environment

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Communities across the country have embraced locally-grown food, fuel-efficient cars and other forms of environmentalism. While African-Americans haven’t been on widely credited, they are amongst the vanguard creating positive change. On this edition, we take you to a resettlement community in North Carolina, sustainable farms in Wisconsin and on a bike ride in California, where local black communities are making long-term impact on the environment.


Robert Pierce, marketing manager of South Madison Farmer’s Market, Madison coordinator for Growing Power; Shelley Pierce, staff member of Growing Power; Javier Vasquez, intern at Growing Power-Madison; Paris Mogo, agriculture extension officer in Nairobi, Kenya; Gary R. Grant, executive director of Concerned Citizens of  Tillery, and other Tillery residents; Jenna Burton and Nick James, founders of Red, Bike and Green.

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South Madison Farmer’s Market

Madison, WI

Growing Power

The Afri-Can FoodBasket

North York, On Canada

Rooted in Community

Concerned Citizens of Tillery

Tillery, NC

The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association

Red, Bike and Green

Oakland, CA

People of Kolor Everyday Ridin’

Critical Mass