Black Farmer Grows Blueberries In South Georgia, and looks to expand his market

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March 15, 2019

Did you know that Johnnie Swain with Swain Farms is the first black-owned berry marketing company in the state of GA and possibly the first in the country. We Buy Black has launched a crowd fund to create a supermarket housing all Black owned products including fresh produce from Black farmers like Jonnie Swain. 

In 1920, Black farmers represented 14 percent of U.S. farmers owning 15 million acres; today, according to 2012 data from the USDA, they represent just 1.4 percent of the country’s farmers owning 3.6 million acres. In 2016, after working over 15 years in marketing, advertising, and brand management, Johnnie Swain left the corporate world to begin farming full time. He started Swain Farms, a blueberry farm in South Georgia. In addition to starting the farm, he also started Swain Foods, the first black-owned berry marketing company in the state of GA and possibly the first in the country. Today, Swain Foods markets blueberries for growers throughout the state of GA under the brand name Swain Farms. From late-April through Mid-July Swain Farms blueberries can be found from South Florida to Canada. 

Article by Tisha M. Instagram: @profstudent

 

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