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Carter Family Farms

Carter Family Farms Carter Family Farms organically grows specialty ethnic vegetables and herbs mostly from East and West Africa, and the Caribbean.

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10/01/2022

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Congratulations to my farm neighbor in Louisa Thomas Brice for their century farm recognition
09/30/2022

Congratulations to my farm neighbor in Louisa Thomas Brice for their century farm recognition

Congratulations to the newest Virginia Century Farms, a program that recognizes farms that have stayed in the same family for more than a century.

- Rockfish Farm - Carl L. Freed, Jr.
- Cedar Lane Farm - East End - Virginia Grohs-Worman
- T & K Farm - Thomas Brice, Jr. and Derrick Brice, and Sugarplum Acres - Harvey and Sharon Perkins, Robert Perkins, John Daniel Perkins, Timothy and April Braun
- Isaacs Heritage Farm - John Kermit Isaacs, and Smyth Hayes Valley Farms - David and Christina Hayes

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It was such an honor and a rather humbling experience to inspire and work with chefs at UVA Dining, Runk Dining Hall, Ar...
09/28/2022

It was such an honor and a rather humbling experience to inspire and work with chefs at UVA Dining, Runk Dining Hall, Aramark, 4P Foods and several local farmers (9 black farms) to honor our cousin and Grande Dame of southern cooking, Ms. Edna Lewis, at the University of Virginia for an Edna Lewis Farm to Table dinner last week. She was one of the early pioneers of farm to table dining, and would have been delighted to know so much of the produce was sourced from local black farmers in communities she would have been quite familiar with. Several of the recipes came directly from ‘Aunt’ Edna’s cookbooks…. (I had grits and I didn’t have to add sugar thanks to Chef Thomas and crew)
Chef Thomas made sure I was not left out, and provided a plant based, delightfully delicious 5 course meal, to match the standard 5 course meal. (Five courses is a lot of food).
Thanks to Slade Farm's 43560 Farmer D’s Farm, Real Roots Food systems, Fitrah Farms Vanguard Ranch Natural Gourmet , Purple Mountain Organics 4P Foods Goldman Farms
This is the genesis of some much larger opportunities and partnerships.

09/22/2022
09/21/2022

Our last Garden Lab of the season is September 30th, led by . You don't want to miss this one!!

09/13/2022

Fall Field Day at Brackett's Farm near Louisa, Va on October 5th from 1:30-7pm!

Talks about adaptive grazing management, farming economics, herd health and more! There will also be a Pasture Walk with the experts and dinner by The BBQ Exchange! This is a free event but registration is required!

Please register for the event at https://vaforages.org/fall-field-day-bracketts-farms/

09/11/2022

Are you a young farmer? Together with Central Virginia Young Farmers we're presenting a seed saving workshop on September 18th from 1 to 4 pm.

Come out and join us for a hands-on informative seed saving workshop. We have the capacity for 30 young farmers to attend. Please RSVP with [email protected] for additional details.

There will be transportation to and from SESE. We ask that if you are driving please take action to carpool. Parking space is limited. Hope to see you there!

09/07/2022

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute applications are NOW OPEN! This is a great opportunity for self-starter, passionate high school students to explore a conservation topic and volunteer in their local community. Learn more and apply by visiting vaswcd.org/ycli Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Campbell County's post
09/07/2022

Photos from Virginia Cooperative Extension - Campbell County's post

09/02/2022

Calling All Small Farm and Homestead Families come join us on September 27th for an informational. We want to hear about what type of programs you would like to see.

Photos from Foodshed Capital's post
08/31/2022

Photos from Foodshed Capital's post

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08/30/2022

Photos from Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services's post

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08/30/2022

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Get these September training opportunities on your calendar! We're offering training for processors to learn hazard analysis principles and demonstrate compliance with good sanitary practices.

Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/3wyrOl9

08/30/2022

Tonight at 8:00 pm EST, join Virginia Home Grown for a Facebook live event exploring Specialty Crops. Visit Common Wealth Seed Growers and meet a farmer working to breed vegetable varieties to thrive in our region. Then learn about traditional African Crops and the contributions of Black farmers to American food and culture at Carter Family Farms. Comment with your questions and our experts will answer during the live show! Link to the FB live event: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaHomeGrown/posts/pfbid0D6MMQc3CiQFBjUFcAqE7RExAo1De2A2JG5ofwtNHeGuogpqhJXx9pSqvr7T5dcfYl

08/26/2022

Horizon Farm Credit recently announced their second annual Farmers on the Rise program, awarding up to ten $10,000 prizes to young, beginning, small, minority, and/or veteran farmers in their footprint.

This award program was created to honor ten outstanding farm owner-operators within the diverse agricultural community looking to expand their existing agricultural business. Those selected to receive an award will be recognized based on their efforts in agriculture, financial character, leadership, community involvement, and environmental stewardship.The contest is open to applicants that identify with at least one of the following categories:

• between 18 and 35years of age
• minority operator
• veteran operator
• operate a small farm with annual gross ag income less than $250,000
•or a beginning farmer with at least two years of farming experience, but no more than 10 years.

This program is open to all farmers. You do not need to be a Farm Credit customer to apply, but must reside in HorizonFarm Credit’s footprint which includes 100 counties in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The deadline to submit an entry is September 30, 2022. For more eligibility requirements and to apply, visit www.farmersontherise.com: https://www.horizonfc.com/rise

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08/25/2022

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Are you a veteran? Join us for Field to Field to learn from more than 20 organizations about resources that are available to you.

🇺🇸 September 20, 2022

🇺🇸 10 a.m.

🇺🇸 Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm (1525 Mills Lane, Frankfort, KY)

🇺🇸 No registration required, but register ahead of time to get a free ribeye sandwich for lunch: https://bit.ly/kysuveterans

Thanks Virginia Home Grown
08/25/2022

Thanks Virginia Home Grown

08/23/2022

The is a healthy traditional eating model based on the common threads and foodways of African American ancestors. The overall pattern is a plant-based and heavily features vegetables, fruits, tubers, and grains. Yet the African Heritage Diet also recognizes the distinct flavors and traditions of four major regions of the African Diaspora–West and Central Africa, the American South, the Carribean, and South America. Learn more with our new A Taste of African e-course at Oldways.Thinkific.com! A Taste of African Heritage

08/23/2022
08/22/2022

We're a little over 6 weeks out from the estimated first frost dates for Virginians in the coolest parts of the state!

60 days still still plenty of time to plant quick-maturing and frost tolerant veggies, such as beets, broccoli, cilantro, kale, mustard greens, and radishes!

For more info on what to plant: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/426/426-331/426-331.html

Image text: first frost dates
Zone 6a
First Fall Frost
10/5 - 10/15

Zone 6b
First Fall Frost
10/5 - 10/15

Zone 7a
First Fall Frost
10/15-10/25

Zone 7b
First Fall Frost
10/25 - 11/5

Zone 8a
First Fall Frost
11/5 - 11/25

08/19/2022

Do you know high school students with an interest in conservation of natural resources? This is the opportunity you've been waiting for! Check out the Youth Conservation Leadership Institute. Application deadline is Septermber 30.
https://vaswcd.org/ycli

Farmer D from Culpeper Va providing elephant garlic doe the community we serve.
08/18/2022

Farmer D from Culpeper Va providing elephant garlic doe the community we serve.

New Local Vegetable!!

We have Elephant Garlic in Stock from Farmer D!

Come by and grab some today.

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08/17/2022

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Join us at our Western Kentucky Small, Limited-Resource, Minority Farmers Conference to hear from organizations such as the USDA, NRCS, KCARD, KDA, Kentucky State University, and more.

🗓️ September 1

🕒 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

📍Cherokee State Historic Park

🔗 Register here: https://bit.ly/3cwrKLL

08/15/2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announces historic funding from the Inflation Reduction Act will bolster the new steps that NRCS is taking to improve opportunities for nutrient management. https://bit.ly/3wtN9MP

08/11/2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $5 million in the Wetland Mitigation Banking Program. This grant program supports the development of mitigation banks for use by agricultural producers seeking to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. Funds are available to Tribes, state and local government entities, nonprofits and other organizations.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals from eligible entities through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 10, 2022. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3Piibxq

08/10/2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $15 million in innovative projects for climate-smart agriculture, urban agriculture and addressing invasive species. Applications are being accepted now through October 11, 2022.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3SEV6Ig

Photos from Allegheny Mountain Institute's post
08/10/2022

Photos from Allegheny Mountain Institute's post

08/09/2022

Step 9 of the Legacy Planning process: Revisit Your Plan on a Regular Basis and Adapt as Your Land, Assets, and Family Change.

We all know that our lives can change in many ways. Children get married, have children of their own, we lose people unexpectedly, buy more land (sell some land), inherit money...which means our legacy plans need to be periodically updated to reflect these changes.

Your legacy plan is a living document. Make it a habit to check it every 5 years or so and update it when necessary.

You can learn more and register here for our upcoming 4-part Legacy Panning Webinar series: https://ext.vt.edu/natural.../legacy-planning/training.html

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08/09/2022

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08/08/2022

Save the Date – Saturday, October 8th!
Our 5th annual Fall Festival is in just two months!
An afternoon of fun, games, and food — free for the whole family!
More information soon to come!

08/08/2022
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The farmers have spoken, and they are ready to make this the season they get their books dialed in!

🌶 Our first session on “Bookkeeping 101” filled up in just 48 hours! Join the waitlist at tinyurl.com/WaitlistSession1 - you know some folks are going to drop off and you might just be able to make it :)

🌶 “Session 2: Financial Analysis for Small Farmers” has ONLY 5 SPOTS LEFT!

The deets: For those of you who’ve got a system for organizing your financials but are wondering how to make sense of all the data - this session is for you. We’ll discuss Profit and Loss (P&L) statements, balance sheets, how to interpret them and why they matter, and cash flow concepts. We’ll also address red flags in a P&L, how to identify them in the first place, and how to strategize solutions.

⏰ Don’t snooze - get registered now at https://tinyurl.com/BKSession2!

08/08/2022

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute applications are NOW OPEN! This is a great opportunity for self-starter, passionate high school students to explore a conservation topic and volunteer in their local community. Learn more and apply by visiting vaswcd.org/ycli Deadline to apply is September 30, 2022.

08/05/2022

A week from tomorrow, join us at this FREE family-friendly farm tour and event in Unionville VA to learn about growing and marketing ethnic crops. A Taste of Africa will be there too - featuring African crops and recipes to help you market your produce. Plus: representatives from the USDA, NRCS and FSA; a banjo making workshop; and fun activities for kids like a moon bounce and face painting and more!

REGISTER TODAY: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ethnic-crop-production-and-marketing-tickets-379724846237

Carter Farms is a century farm in Orange Virginia. Carter Farms focuses on growing and educating on African ethnic crops, their growing practices, uses and markets.

Africulture is a nonprofit that highlights, explores, teaches, and enhances the principles, practices, plants and people of African descent that have contributed to agriculture.

08/03/2022

So, take a break—before you break!

07/25/2022

👋Participants will be eligible to receive an 💲 800 stipend that can supplement travel costs including mileage, hotel, and meals as well as any registration and credit fees.

Explore “The World Under Your Feet” with the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Maryland, University of Maryland University of Maryland Turf Farm and USDA Agricultural Research Service staff August 8-10, 2022 and learn how to connect your students with scientific and environmental concepts as well as career opportunities based on the world of turf management. 🌱⛳️
For more information, www.maefonline.com

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Priority Area, award #2021-67037-34161/project accession no. 1025595

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Carters Lane
Unionville, VA
22567

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Thecarterfarms.com

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Tonight at 8:00 pm EST, join Virginia Home Grown for a Facebook live event exploring Specialty Crops. Visit Common Wealth Seed Growers and meet a farmer working to breed vegetable varieties to thrive in our region. Then learn about traditional African Crops and the contributions of Black farmers to American food and culture at Carter Family Farms. Comment with your questions and our experts will answer during the live show! Link to the FB live event: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaHomeGrown/posts/pfbid0D6MMQc3CiQFBjUFcAqE7RExAo1De2A2JG5ofwtNHeGuogpqhJXx9pSqvr7T5dcfYl
Last week, our Farm Fellows visited Carter Family Farms in Unionville, VA where they met with Michael Carter Jr. to learn about the African vegetables he grows on his farm and how these tropical plants may provide strategies for a resilient foodshed in our warming climate.

Michael also led a workshop on Africulture – discussing the many principles, practices, plants, and people of African descent that have contributed to agriculture throughout history through present day.

Learn more about visiting or volunteering at Carter Farms at http://thecarterfarms.com/
Wonderful to see Michael Carter of Carter Family Farms and Virginia Small Farm Resource Center featured in this show clip!
Micheal Carter is both a Black entrepreneur and the father of young children he's raising to build on his success. In celebration of both Father's Day and Juneteenth, read the article we ran on him and his wonderful work in Africulture, Black awareness and farming West African crops in our latest issue of Wine & Country Life. Visit the Carter Farms website to learn about their Juneteenth event being held this Saturday.
https://wineandcountrylife.com/read-the-current-issue/#54
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Join us for this exciting, virtual conversation taking place on June 22, 2022 from 3-5:00PM. An interactive, storytelling panel discussion that connects food, culture and farming practices known as "regenerative" with their roots in Indigenous, African, Latinx and other heritages.
Four featured, regional BIPOC farmers:
🌾Josué Barrera and Gloria Romano-Barrera - Glory Fields | Hacienda Barrera
🌾Vanessa Bolin - Community Roots Garden | Virginia Free Farm
🌾Michael Carter - Carter Family Farms
🌾Samaria King - Juniper’s Garden
Moderated by Tope Fajingbesi (Dodo Farms), with event coordination support from Adrienne Granston (Cusheeba Earth, A Soil Culture Farm).
Register here: https://millionacrechallenge.org/events/
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Local Food Hub in partnership with Carter Family Farms and Cultivate Charlottesville have developed the Virginia Black Farmer Directory to serve as a resource for connecting black farmers with consumers, wholesalers, markets, and other farmers.
https://www.virginiablackfarmerdirectory.com/
The fifth and final episode of the second season of Black Space Matters features fifth-generation farmer and food justice advocate Michael Carter Jr. at Carter Family Farms in Orange County, Virginia. The property has been owned by the Carter Family for over a century. Series host Duron Chavis talks to Carter about Black land ownership and the intergenerational reasons why Black space matters.

In this season of the ICA’s video series Black Space Matters, food justice advocate Duron Chavis goes on location to Black-led farms and greenspaces around the RVA region to discuss land ownership, sustainable agriculture practices, climate change, and other pressing issues. Over the course of five episodes, Chavis and series guests explore themes of collaboration, environmental racism, and the importance of Black space.

It's been a pleasure for the ICA to collaborate on this series over two seasons, and we hope you as viewers also found the content to be as enriching as we did. BIG thank you to Duron for spearheading this project and for all his tireless work educating the public on these important issues. Thank you also to this season's incredible guests: Mark Davis at Real Roots Food Systems; Patrick Johnson at The Airport Food Forest; Allison Hurst at Legacy Farm; Art Burton from Kinfolk Community; and Michael Carter Jr. at Carter Farms.

Watch this clip from today's episode, then head over to our YouTube channel to watch all of seasons one and two of 👇

https://youtu.be/emdqDhHp9U8



📹: Black Space Matters is hosted by Duron Chavis. The series was produced by David Riley. DPs were Will Royé and Mark Croston for The 123 Agency. Production assistance by Kasidi Jordan and Christian Morse. Music by Nottz. Video for the series was edited by David Riley and Departure Point Films.
The Virginia Black Farmer Directory is a project and effort to centralize black farmer unity and resources. It is a resource for connecting black farmers with consumers, wholesalers, markets, and other farmers.

This directory is a collective effort initiated by the food justice interns at Cultivate Charlottesville and Michael Carter Jr. of Africulture and Carter Family Farms. It was created by Local Food Hub's Grower Outreach and Diversity Coordinator Briana Stevenson and will be maintained by Local Food Hub.
We love Michael Carter Jr. of Carter Family Farms! He is a brilliant gardener and teacher. This is definitely worth signing up for!
Check out Carter Family Farms! They’re doing great things!
Carter Family Farms grows and works with other farmers in the region to provide an extensive variety of ethnic African, Caribbean and Asian tropical vegetables. Learn more at http://thecarterfarms.com/
Huge news! The has awarded CGA a $749,217 Farmers Market Promotion Program grant to further our mission of building a robust, sustainable, and equitable grain economy in the Mid-Atlantic.

Through this grant, we will:

🌾 Expand consumer awareness of regional grains as part of the greater regional food system in the Mid-Atlantic
🌾 Increase revenue for grain farmers, millers, and artisans through integrating regional grains into identified new market channels, including DC-area farmers markets
🌾 Promote an equitable marketplace for regional grains for farmers, processors, and consumers

Thrilled to be working in close partnership with Freshfarm and with advisement from June Russell (of Glynwood, formerly GrowNYC and Grownyc Grains), Michael Carter Jr. (of Carter Family Farms and VSU College of Agriculture), and Jonathan Bethony (of Seylou) in addition to many of our CGA network members.

Link in our bio to learn more!
I was fortunate enough to be part of this project as I know how important it was to Carter Family Farms to honor those who came before them. Thank you again for your trust & support.
Yesterday, we were pleased to join our friends at the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation and the Virginia Agribusiness Council to host central Virginia farm tours with Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger and discuss legislative topics of importance for our producers and agricultural community members.

Our friends at Carter Family Farms, Greenstone Farm, LLC, Old House Vineyards, Ardent Mills (Culpeper location) and Heaven's Hollow Farm were gracious enough to share their time and stories.
Today, we are kicking off our Central Virginia Farm Tour. First stop: Carter Family Farms in Orange County. On top of growing organic produce, Carter Farms also hosts educational programs highlighting the history of Black farmers, as well as their challenges and contributions to agriculture. I appreciated learning more about the historical challenges faced by socially disadvantaged farmers in Virginia and across the country. Thank you for having us!
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