Carter Family Farms

Carter Family Farms Carter Family Farms organically grows specialty ethnic vegetables and herbs mostly from East and West
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11/07/2023
11/06/2023

Dicen que cada vez que compartimos una vaca afortunada, o bien recibimos dinero o una muy buena noticia del día.

11/04/2023
11/03/2023

Got our EQIP contract signed and ready to get this 30 x 90 high tunnel installed at

This is a cost share reimbursement program so the 30k we about to spend we get paid back from the USDA.

Because I ain’t got 30k just chilling in the cut - we holla at who offer a zero interest loan specifically for the USDA EQIP program. They throw us the bag we pay for the high tunnel and all that and then when the money come from the USDA we pay off the loan.

All this as a result of getting a farm number from the Farm Service Agency.

Don’t never say I ain’t gave you free game.

10/31/2023

Happily Natural Day promotes holistic health, culture and social change.

10/20/2023

The seed starter mix bandit is back y’all - caught again on camera - nothing was stolen this time we don’t think but we are currently turning the greenhouse into a tank by installing wood paneling around the waist to prevent entry. It cost about 1000$ to put the wood panels, brackets, screws and not counting the time we could spend doing other things. If you want to help donate to secure the greenhouse hit the link in my bio

10/20/2023
10/20/2023

OCAAHS would like to thank our 2023 ECLIPSE AWARDS BANQUET DIAMOND SPONSOR Carter Family Farms
Carter Farms is a century farm in the Piedmont region of Virginia that specializes in growing ethnic, African tropical vegetables organically. Michael Carter Jr.’s operation is an ethnic vegetable afrotourism teaching farm that shares its Africulture interdisciplinary platform.
Last day to purchase your tickets or become a sponsor by clicking on the website link below 👇
https://www.ocaahs.org/eclipse-award-banquet

10/19/2023
10/17/2023

Join us tomorrow (10/18 at 2pm ET) on Zoom for our next Center Fellow Series! In this installment, we’ll hear from Center alumna Dr. Nicole Nunoo, Mr. Michael Carter Jr. and Mr. Thelonius Cook on Black farmer organizing in Virginia.

Register to join: https://tinyurl.com/OctoberCenterFellowSeries

10/14/2023
10/11/2023

Next week! Join us as we hear from Dr. Nicole Nunoo, Michael Carter Jr. and Thelonius Cook about Black farmer organizing in Virginia. Dr. Nunoo's research highlights the stories of resilience, community, and empowerment that have emerged from this remarkable group of individuals.

Register at this link: https://tinyurl.com/OctoberCenterFellowSeries

10/05/2023

GORDONSVILLE’S FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN FESTIVAL
OCTOBER 7 @ 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Gordonsville is famous for its fried chicken, which was served to passengers of trains stopping in town during the late 19th and early 20th centuries by enterprising African-American women carrying platters of the delicacy on their heads. Nationally-known at that time, Gordonsville’s fried chicken earned the town the nickname of “chicken-leg center of the universe”.

To celebrate this special heritage, the Town of Gordonsville will hold its Famous Fried Chicken Festival on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 11 am – 5 pm at the Gordonsville Fire Company Fair Grounds. The event will feature a fried chicken and pie contest, wine garden, and numerous craft and artisan vendors.
Free to attend!
https://www.townofgordonsville.org/events/fried_chicken_festival.php

10/04/2023

So we are back! Want to learn how to farm in the city? The Central Virginia Urban Farming Fellowship is recruiting for its next cohort. This is NOT for folks who want to learn how to garden. This is for folks who want to become FARMERS who live in the city. Graduates are connected to resources, tools and land to actualize their farm vision. Click the link in my bio to learn more!

10/03/2023
09/28/2023

Potential predators of the spotted lanternfly are being brought into focus thanks to shutterbugs who have captured images of birds, insects, mammals and even fish consuming the invasive planthopper.

09/26/2023
09/20/2023

Last week, our International Marketing Director Cathy Ma was promoting muscadine grapes at Fruit Logistica in Hong Kong. These grapes are currently selling for $55 in China! That's almost $1.37 per grape. Thank you to all of our hard working muscadine farmers in NC for providing these grapes to people around the world.

09/17/2023
09/16/2023

Bootcamp starts tomorrow! Give me 5 Sundays and I will show you how to grow your own food! Money back guarantee! Hit the link in my bio to sign up

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Carters Lane
Unionville, VA
22567

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Learn how to save vegetable seeds with Edmund Frost of Common Wealth Seed Growers, and visit Michael Carter Jr. at Carter Family Farms in Unionville to talk about the crops of West Africa and the agricultural contributions of Black farmers.
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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
📷 courtesy of 3 Cats Photo
Carter Family Farms
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.