Clarenda Stanley-Anderson, co-owner of Green Heffa Farms, is our guest on this week’s podcast. You may know her better as “Farmer Cee,” though. And if you don’t know her now, surely you will by the end of 2019.
That’s because she is the spokesperson for Hemp History Week, and this year marks the event’s 10th anniversary.
In this episode, Stanley-Anderson discusses Hemp History Week, the 2018 farm bill and how hemp is not only a sustainable crop but one that could benefit the earth’s climate. And she should know: She is a global fundraiser for the Nature Conservancy.
We also talk about how she considers Hurricane Florence destroying her family’s hemp crop as a way to “pay tuition,” and how she and her husband like to pay forward the lessons they are learning as new hemp farmers in a time when less than 2 percent of all farmers in the United States are African American.
In Cary, N.C., on Jan. 17, Green Heffa Farms hosted an event called “Leveling the Planting Field” with those lessons in mind. The event was sold out.
In this episode, we also discuss the realities of farming while Black and how white people can become better advocates for people of color.
To that end, I’ve included a brief editorial about how the tech glitch that caused us to post this episode a week late actually made its release this week perfectly timed.
Hear Stanley-Anderson speak at these upcoming events:
- MANRRS: Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, April 3-6, in Kansas.
- 2019 Black Cannabis Summit, Feb. 9, Miami, Fla.
- Freedom to Grow Conference, April 18, Dallas, Tx.