Across the country, there are 3.4 million farmers. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture, there are 48,697 black farmers in the country, and 2,870 of those farmers are in Georgia.
Georgia has the fifth highest number of black farmers in the country, and many of them live in Central Georgia.
One of those farmers is Earl Rawls. He currently owns and farms on land in Pulaski and Houston Counties, but his family has owned land in Pulaski for generations.
“My grandmother and grandpa, everyone in my family still owns land,” Rawls said.
His cousin, Herbert Battle, also farms on passed down family land in Hawkinsville.
“When I come in the world, that place was there,” Battle said.
The two cousins say they remember growing up on the farm and helping their dads and uncles with the plows and mules used to tend the land.