Our Story

James P. “PK” McLaurin, the nephew and adopted son of Daniel W. McLaurin, grew up on a farm in Stedman, NC. His family grew cotton, tobacco, cucumbers, watermelons and raised chickens and pigs. With the passing of his uncle, PK McLaurin inherited the farm and surrounding land (over 70 acres). PK and his wife would go on to raise nine children on the family’s land. Demi Tucker is the granddaughter of William H. McLaurin, PK’s son, and a 5th generation farmer.

The Uyoga Farm, under the larger umbrella of PK Farms, joins the small percentage of Black generational farmers in America. As of 2017, Black farmers consisted of 1.4 percent of American farmers. This is a major decrease from the almost 14% that existed 100 years ago.
Today, Black farmers face barriers such as exclusion from federal relief programs, discriminatory practices within the USDA and crippling debt. Supporting Black farmer initiatives is a key factor in lessening the gap that has left them far behind the curve compared to others.

“If you give a hungry man food, he will eat it. [But] if you give him land, he will grow his own food.”
– Fannie Lou Hammer