Five Acres and a Mill

Organic rice cultivation in Rapides Parish

On the grounds of the historic Inglewood Plantation, formerly known as the Hard Times Plantation, a quiet experiment in climate-friendly rice-growing has been taking place for the past three years. Under the gentle direction of Konda Mason, founder of Jubilee Justice, a Black farming cooperative is growing rice in a revolutionary way—regeneratively, organically, and with as little irrigation as possible.

Jubilee Justice was established in Oakland, California, in 2017 with a mission to uplift Black farmers, whose numbers have diminished from a million in 1920 to only about 45,000 now. “Black farmers in the United States, and farmers in general, have been so screwed over,” Mason said. “We are certainly working on how to get out of the trap.”

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