Dr. Carver's Classroom

AGRICULTURE, FARMING AND FOOD JUSTICE
Converse, build and network around issues of availability, adequacy, and sustainability in a free-space designed to promote learning, sharing and innovation. 

"I want to beg of you always keep your eyes open to what Mother Nature has to teach you. By so doing you will learn many valuable things every day of your life." (George Washington Carver)
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DR. CARVER'S CLASSROOM Introductory video

Kamal Bell - Sankofa Farms 

Farming, beekeeping, husbandry. Agriculture is part of our DNA. It is our birthright to grow food and connect with the land, but where do we start? Join Prof. Karen Hunter as she discusses these topics with Kamal Bell of Sankofa Farms in Efland, NC.

Beekeping 101 - 
Meet a Beekeper

Without bees we wouldn’t be able to grown many of the plants, fruits and vegetables that sustain us. Bees are responsible for pollinating about more 400 different agricultural types of plant. Bees are foundational. We start our Carver Class series with lessons from a master bee-keeper, Kamal Bell, co-founder of Sankofa Farms in North Carolina, who will teach you how to cultivate and keep a bee farm. He will also show you how to collect honey.
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Farming 101 - Where Do You Begin?

Planting your own crops, or building your own garden can be intimidating and confusing if you don't have the proper know-how or experience to get started. Join Karen Hunter and Kamau Bell as they discuss the basics for beginners. Let's grow something together!

Featured Discussions

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Farming While Black - 
Leah Penniman - NOFA Vermont Winter Conference

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Why Are All The Black 
Farmers Vanishing?

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A Hearing to Review the State 
of Black Farmers in the U.S.

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TEDxFruitvale - Will Scott - 
Bring Back Black Farmers

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Land Ownership, Race, and Power: Black Farming in America

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Forgotten Farmers: 
African-American Land Loss

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How Black Farmers Reclaimed Economic Power with Cooperatives

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Grow with Us - The Black and Indigenous History of Agriculture

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"40 Acres and a Mule: Black Farmers of the Central Valley"

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African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming and Food Justice

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Vanishing Occupations: 
Black Farmers 

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Why Black People Need Farms: Interview with Renard A. Turner

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Good Food for Thought: Culture and Connections—Farmer Organizing the SAAFON Way

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SAAFON Black Land Database Video Call Feb 2019

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With These Hands: Land is Power Feat. The Barkers

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African Farming: Obakeng Mfikwe

Meet YOUR MUSE

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist, artist and inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century.
Patrick Jones - Course author
"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in."

GEORGE W. CARVER