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When he’s not near a basketball court, Amar’e Stoudemire might be on a tractor in upstate New York. The former NBA forward, now a player development assistant for the Brooklyn Nets, raises Black Angus cattle and other livestock on his nearly 200-acre farm in Dutchess County, N.Y. Founded in 2015, the family-run Stoudemire Farms provides ethically raised and sustainable meat and other products while creating a legacy for the future.
Stoudemire, 38, is no gentleman farmer. Although he does have staff, he does much of the work himself when he’s not on the road with the Nets. “I have a farm hand, but I’m definitely putting in the hours helping him out,” he says. “You have to learn how to operate machinery, like the tractor, learn the land, how to gather the cattle, how to fix the fence posts, how to stack the hay for the barn. So there’s definitely some work that goes into it, but it’s been fun for me.”
Stoudemire says he wants to build on the legacy of the African-American farmers who have worked the land in the U.S. for centuries. About 100 years ago, there were an estimated 1 million Black farmers in the U.S. Fewer than 50,000 remain because of “historic discrimination within the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” according to a February announcement of the Justice for Black Farmers Act, spearheaded by Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey. “I started reading more about how a lot of those farmers were somewhat taken advantage of when it came to new bills that were being signed and so forth for farmers,” Stoudemire explains. “So it became pretty interesting to me to show face and that there are still African Americans who are passionate about farming.”
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