Main Squeeze Natural Foods Cafe owner Leigh Lockhart held a plant sale to benefit the Henry Kirklin Black Farmer Scholarship Fund. Lockhart grew the plants from cuttings taken from plants in her business, which she did while it was closed for two months because of COVID-19 restrictions. The Columbia Farmers Market, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Farms and Communities started the fund to support Black farmers. More information can be found at columbiaurbanag.org. The fund’s eponym was born into slavery in Boone County in 1858 and became a “prize-winning gardener and horticulturist,” according the State Historical Society of Missouri’s website.

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