Ujamaa, the Fourth Principle of Kwanzaa means 'Cooperative Economics'. This principle tasks us to build our own businesses, control the economics of our communities, and share in its work and wealth.
Ujamaa is a Swahili word popularized by the former Tanzanian president and scholar Julius Nyerere. Nyerere's educational philosophy as represented by Ujamaa embodies self-reliance - especially economic self reliance.
Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance (UCFA) is a collective of emergent and seasoned growers who cultivate heirloom seeds and grow culturally relevant plants for food, healing, and textiles.
UCFA recognizes the need for increased diversity in farming and the seed industry, and the need to provide more opportunities and support for growers from historically oppressed and marginalized communities. To this end the Ujamaa Cooperative Farming Alliance is working to bridge the gap between prospective growers and seed companies.
As a community of creatives UCFA includes growers, makers, teachers, and bakers. We are committed to the collection, preservation, advancement, and dissemination of agricultural and environmental practices that will benefit and sustain current and future generations.
UCFA supports a healthier way of living for our youth and adults through agriculture. UCFA utilizes environmentally sustainable practices for gardening and farming that will support a more nutritious diet and more active lifestyle.
Reclaiming our relationship with the land, waters, soil, our heritage, and our seed ancestors, then passing it forward to future generations.
Organizing and supporting underrepresented growers for sustainability.
Educating youth about their proud resilient roots in agriculture and demonstrating future opportunities in agriculture.
Educating our community about our healing and nutritional food heritage and protection of our environmental resources.