In 1969, Fannie Lou Hamer secured 40 acres of land in the Mississippi Delta and created Freedom Farm. The goal of Freedom Farm was to address food insecurity and extreme poverty. Hamer started off the project by providing 50 pigs for communal use. Any family could look after a pig until it produced children, and then they would donate the litters to other families in need. It is said that by 1973, approximately 900 families benefited from this program alone.
Author: Ashley Farmer