Lexington man encourages Black children and teens to consider the benefits of farming

Honoring Black History

(LEXINGTON, KY) For more than100 years, this 13 acre piece of land has been known as Coleman Crest
Farm. But now the man that left the big city calls to come back home calls it…

“This is Wakanda.”
.. a mythical Utopian society for black life.

And this open space is Exactly how Jim Coleman sees it.

“Everybody owned land everybody worked hard and really wanted the American dream,” he said.

This family farm started 132 years ago.
The plan was for Jim and his wife to leave the big city life and come back to the family farm in the Black hamlet known as Uttingertown.
But Jim’s wife Cathy didn’t make it back.
She died in April of breast cancer.
So now Cathy’s passing becomes Jim’s inspiration.

“We’re going to use this farm for good to help other young kids here in Lexingtont t know they can have the American Dream.
That’s why I’m home. I want to lead and help economic development in my community,” Coleman said.

So to do that Jim is going to reclaim the land, build a new house on the property and set up a program that teaches young minority men and women how to farm and in turn produce financial freedom.

“We’ve got kids that grew up in Bluegrass Aspendale, an inner city where they’ve never smelled dirt. They don’t know where bacon comes from, where cauliflower comes from, and we’re gonna bring them out here so they can really touch the dirt and not only play in the dirt, but learn the economics of farming.

” I want to show kids and young people here how they can take a half acre lot and make 60 thousand dollars and from tha. They can then go to a community trust bank and ask for a loan and they say ‘Tina, I know what I’m doing. I’ve got customers. I know how to raise a crop and I know how to raise the right products and I know how to sell and I need loan so I can be free just like James Coleman!”

So with so much social unrest going on in the country, Coleman wants to look at other avenues to achieve equality besides protesting.

“I know everybody’s angry right now, but I want to show them we’ve got other angles we can take. We can really be accountable and buy land and make sure the people like me are being accountable to them to show them the way into inspire them that you can make it.”

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