Update: 40 Acres & A Mule Project
In the 2020 Autumn Pea Soup Newsletter, we featured the 40 Acres and a Mule Project headed up by Uptowne Café’s (La Crosse) owner Adrian Lipscombe. This project is raising money to purchase at least a 40-acre farm for black farmers to produce food for the local food industry, serve as an outlet for black foodways, and be a safe haven to secure the legacy of black foodways.
Since our feature article ran, the project has continued to get nationwide attention and has now raised over $133,000 with a goal of $250,000.
Additionally, Lipscombe announced in October that the 40 Acres and a Mule Project purchased 38-acres of land in partnership with Muloma Heritage in St. Helena, South Carolina. The organization focuses on agriculture and African Atlantic Foodways. This is where the 40 Acres and a Mule Project will be housing the archives of African American Foodways, which is part of their project. Beyond working with Muloma Heritage, Lipscombe is continuing to search for land in the Midwest to be a sanctuary to preserve black agriculture and foodways.