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After a Run for Ag Commissioner, Donovan Watson Wants Systemic Change for North Carolina's Black Farmers

5 monthes ago   |   By Civil Eats

In 2020, at age 26, Donovan Alexander Watson ran to be the Commissioner of Agriculture in North Carolina. Watson is the owner of Perkins Orchard , which grows a variety of fruit and works with dozens of local and regional farms to sell a wide range of produce at its fruit stand in Durham. Although he wasn't elected, Watson was the youngest person and first African American to run for this important office.
Agriculture is one of the largest industries in North Carolina , yet the percentage of Black farmers in the state remains disproportionately small. Black farmers run only an estimated...
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