Small Farm Outreach Program
The Carver Center
In 2018, the Small Farm Outreach Program and The Carver Center began working together to develop an incubator farm and demonstration site to serve farmers in and around Culpeper County, Virginia.
Currently, at the Center, SFOP is utilizing a two-acre field plot and two hoop houses for planting demonstrations, training workshops and public events. Additional workshops take place in classroom settings to teach farmers about financial planning and management, navigating USDA requirements for Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, profitable marketing strategies, and more.
With an emphasis on supporting new, beginning and veteran farmers, especially those who are minority or limited-resource, SFOP also conducts farm orientation and planning workshops to allow local prospective farmers to explore whether a farming enterprise is a good fit. For those who may need intensive assistance and practical experience, the incubator farm program is offered by application.
The Carver Center is located at 9432 James Madison Hwy, Rapidan, VA. The Carver Center is home of the former George Washington Carver Regional High School, which was built in 1948 and served as the regional high school for African American students. GWCARC is organized and operated exclusively for charitable research and education benefits in agriculture.