KBFA Founder/Legend & Icon Veryl Switzer, Sr., passed away at 89!
Attendees at the Kansas Black Farmers Association meeting on Jan. 25,2019. Clockwise: Rep. Gail Finney (D); Rev. Bobby Love, Sr. Chairman KAAAC; Rep. Willie Dove (R); JohnElla Holmes, ED/President KBFA; Kenya Cox, Director KAACA and President KS NAACP; and Legend and KBFA Founder Veryl Switzer, Sr.
Executive Director and President Named to the 400 Commission of History as the Kansas Representative
JohnElla Holmes, PhD, Executive Director and President of the KBFA has been named the Kansas Representative to the 400 Commission of African American History. Dr. Holmes will join 48 women representatives from across the nation in the "Stronger than..." film produced by the commission.
Dr. Holmes was also awarded a $2,500 grant by the 400 Commission to help support youth attendance at the Switzer/KSU Agriculture Camp for Youth.
Kansas Black Farmers Association awarded the Increase the Reach Grant to help vaccinate the BIPOC rural and urban communities! This Increase the Reach grant program is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $79,278,482 with 100 percent funded by the CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by the CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/
Kansas Black Farmers Association
The Kansas Black Farmers Association a 501 c 3 IRS-Certified Charitable Organization, (KBFA) was founded in 1999 by farmers of Nicodemus, Kansas, for mutual support and cooperative agricultural market development. Nicodemus, located in northwest Kansas, is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War. Today Nicodemus, a National Historic Site since 1996, represents the unique and valuable legacy of Black homesteaders' determination and ability to sustain themselves despite all the economic, environmental, social, and political odds.
Preserving Black land ownership, the farming legacy, and creating a sustainable future
The mission of the Kansas Black Farmers Association is to preserve the Kansas minority farmer legacy through education, promotion of the agricultural lifestyle and collective niche product development.
Goal 1. Build and strengthen KBFA into a sustainable organization
Goal 2. Promote and fortify the Nicodemus farming legacy
Goal 3. Provide and develop youth education
Goal 4. Promote KBFA through outreach activities
Goal 5. Develop products and marketing strategies