Chef Omar Tate shines a light on black farmers

Chief Omar Tate

Chief Omar Tate
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Black farmers in this country have declined over the past 100 years. Statistics of McKinsey & Company show that just over one percent of farmers identify as black today, up from 14 percent a century ago. And the impact of that loss hits the pockets of the black farming community, which now accounts for just 0.5% of the country’s total agricultural sales. But celebrity chef Omar Tate has an innovative idea to support black people in agriculture.

The Cultivate the community the dinner series is a partnership between Time 100 Honored Chef Omar Tate and Bombay Bramble intended to shine the spotlight on black farmers and educate the public about the challenges they face. Dinners will include a special tasting menu featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local black farmers. You can also sip Chef Tate’s Bombay Bramble cocktail, the “Bramble Berry Sour”. The inaugural dinner was held at Oko Farms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – an urban farm co-founded by Nigerian farmer Yemi Amu and chef Jonathan Boe. Chef Tate will also host pop-up Cultivating Community dinners in Atlanta and Charleston.

In addition to the dinner partnership, Bombay Bramble pledged a $25,000 donation to the Black Farmers Fund, an organization that invests in black farming systems in the Northeast. Jaime Keller, brand manager of BOMBAY GINS North America, thought Chef Tate was the perfect partner for an initiative that supports black farmers. “We are honored to partner with Omar Tate to launch our new dinner series, which honors black farmers across the United States. states that have made integral contributions to American cuisine and culture,” Keller said.

Chef Omar Tate has worked in some of the trendiest restaurants in New York and Philadelphia over the past ten years. He also made a name for himself through his innovation Honeysuckle projects, known for seamlessly merging music, art, food and community. He hopes his latest project will bring more awareness to black farmers and the issues they face. “Several factors are inhibiting the growth of black farmers across the country. The lack of resources is important, another concerns distribution and supply chain problems. And the one that I personally see is that the public is just not aware of their existence. Our partnership with Bombay Bramble is a first step in raising awareness of an issue that might not otherwise have been attracted,” Tate said. The root exclusively.

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