Edward Benote Hill, Director
BFSC Vision: Liberated Black people building community wealth and food sovereignty.
The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition (BFSC) serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us. BFSC is focused on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions. Built on a decade of work of founding members of the Black Food Sovereignty Council and other Black-identified leaders and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the BFSC mission is to ignite Black and brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.
1. To help Black and African-identified people learn, practice and reconnect with cultural and bioregional methods of preparing and regenerating soils;
2. To assist in the increasing interest by these community members to sustainably and organically grow, harvest, and share fresh herbs, flowers, berries, and produce;
3. To teach, education, and orientate Black and African-identified youth, adults, and elders (multigenerational) to the responsibility, cooperation and ecological awareness necessary to manage land sustainably and build a generational food economy;
4. To be an active resource for sustainable organic gardening and small farming, and build a more equitable community food system.
BFSC joined OCFSN for several reasons:
1. To represent and advance innovative strategies, trainings, and engagement around food justice, equity in the food system, and diversifying the food industry regionally;
2. To present and represent the faces and voices of Black and African-identified peoples in support of a more equitable food system; and
3. The community food systems movement has to grow cooperatively and in communication. BFSC is seeking to be at the table and help create the solutions.