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Clemmons Family Farm

Clemmons Family Farm
The Clemmons Family Farm is one of the rare African-American-owned farms in the state of Vermont. According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African American owned or operated. Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans.

Nation-wide, less than half of one percent (0.4%) of farms in the United States are African-American-owned. The Farm is one of the 22 landmark museums, cultural sites and historic markers on the State of Vermont's African-American Heritage Trail. It has been owned by Jackson and Lydia Clemmons since 1962. 

The vision of the farm is to bring people together across differences of race, culture, national origin, language and religion. They then work to transform these differences into opportunities for people to learn, celebrate and commune in a unique setting that is welcoming, inspiring and deeply meaningful: one of the handful of African-American owned historic farms in the state of Vermont. The owners help people to relax, have fun, and enjoy multicultural experiences with art, history and place at the center of their engagements with the farm and with each other.

The farm’s mission is to be “more than a farm” by offering curated opportunities for visitors to enjoy discovering the fascinating history, culture, arts and sciences of the African-American and African diaspora in what is often described as a "magical" setting with views of the Adirondacks, wide-open meadows and lovely historic buildings. Many of their programs are designed to give people a chance to create art together, to learn about each other and to enjoy each other's company. Program design utilizes African-American heritage as the central theme around which people- - all people-- can unite.

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