13 Jun HBCU Graduate and Alpha Phi Alpha Member Kamal Bell, is not only revolutionizing farming, he’s also teaching the trade to the next generation
North Carolina A & T Graduate and Alpha Phi Alpha Member Kamal Bell is not only revolutionizing farming he’s also teaching the trade to the next generation.
Who is Kamal Bell?
In layman’s terms, “I want to see us healthy.” Health is the key for the liberation of Black people and all people. The effects that Blacks suffer from due to bad eating habits are more detrimental than effects on other races. I’m also a father, a future husband, and an agriculture science – biotechnology, on paper – teacher in Durham, NC. I attended North Carolina A&T where I got my Bachelor’s in animal science and my Master’s in agricultural sciences. I originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but it hit me that I wouldn’t be servicing my people as a vet, so I changed my major that day.
How did you become interested in farming?
Both of my parents taught me about sustainability, and I eventually realized food was the key to sustainment. Every nation is built around an established food source. Here in America, Blacks don’t have that. When you look at our everyday problems, it all falls back to a lack of food. Education, divorce, crime, and diseases all point back to a lack of food source.
Elijah Muhammad stressed going back to the farm, and Black people being able to be self-sufficient. I’m a big fan of Booker T. Washington as well. He said, “You drop your buckets where you lay.” After you build a home, you still have to eat. If you know how to farm, you can grow your own food. We really have lost the concept of this. The days of the old Black farmers have passed; all of them have either died or given up.
Why do you feel farming is important?
Because it’s the base of life. It’s not like other commodities; you need food daily. If you can control your food sources, you can control your future. People really don’t understand that crime is directly correlated with low food production.
Tell us about personal initiatives that you created looking to increase the amount of farmers in the field.
The first initiative that we have is sokofarms. We teach at-risk youth the teamwork and discipline needed to run a farm. I have a business partner that helps me a lot. The students have been with me to set up bank accounts and we have also been to Bayer Foods and Fidelity Investments to see how food is being mass-produced.
It’s amazing to me that the kids are more interested in the field than I expected, and they are able to pick up on it quicker as well.
What types of products does your company currently sell, and how can readers purchase them? Also, how can readers learn more about your farm and how they can support what you are doing?
I currently have a dehydrated fruit business. In the fall, I will be looking to produce kale, spinach, radishes, collard greens, and carrots.
Interested readers can visit our website www.sankofafarmsllc.com or visit us on social media @sankofafarmsllc.
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