Kellogg, Meijer celebrate young Black farmers making an impact in Michigan

​​​​​​​For a fifth year, Kellogg's "Rooted in the Midwest" campaign supports, encourages and recognizes farmers in the region through donations and employee volunteering.
Sandra Levy
Senior Editor

Since 2019, Kellogg and Meijer, two Michigan-based organizations, have partnered to promote and support farming and young farmers in the Midwest through the "Kellogg's Rooted in the Midwest" campaign. This year, the companies shone a light on Black farmers in southwest Michigan who are making an impact on their communities.

This year's campaign, which launched in Meijer stores and online at the end of July, featured two organizations led by young Black farmers:

Sunlight Gardens, in Battle Creek, Mich.: Devon Wilson's urban farm is the culmination of his tireless passion, hard-earned experience and mission to build up and serve underrepresented communities.

[Read more: Meijer to hold Black Business Month Summit in August]

Zoo City Farm & Food Network, Kalamazoo, Mich.: Remi Harrington's small-scale farming initiative helps give members of urban communities a place to grow and expand their opportunities.

As deep-rooted Midwest companies, Kellogg and Meijer are committed to supporting young farmers in southwest Michigan through donations and employee volunteering. The campaign leveraged the insight that, in 1910, 14% of farmers in the United States were Black, while today that figure sits at about 1%.

"As part of our Better Days Promise strategy to advance sustainable and equitable access to food, Kellogg proudly supports young farmers in an effort to put food on the table and supports their efforts to grow fresh, local foods," said Amy Davis, vice president of sales accounts at Kellogg. "We partner with Meijer not only as good neighbors in our home of Michigan, but to demonstrate our shared commitment to the state and the young farmers who will continue to make it an agricultural powerhouse."

[Read more: Meijer opens small-format Rivertown Market in Detroit]

Earlier this year, Kellogg and Meijer announced a partnership with The National Young Farmers Coalition, providing funding to support their work to shift power to, and equitably resource, the next generation of working farmers, particularly farmers of color.

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