Mission and Goals
The George Washington Carver Food Enterprise Center (GWCFEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to filling a missing piece in the food system resiliency of our region by providing a 6,200 square-foot facility in the Northern Piedmont region to create and grow food businesses. As a food business incubator, we will offer training in value-added food production and food safety, and instruction on how to create, market and manage small food-related businesses. In partnership with our Stone Soup Job Skills Training Program, we will also offer services to include processing and co-packing for others.
We are located in the Culpeper County Government building known as The Carver Center, the former site of the George Washington Carver Regional High School (1948 – 1967). The Carver Center is also home to the Carver 4-County Museum; the George Washington Carver Agriculture Research Center; the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont; VSU Small Farmers Program; Master Gardeners; 4H; and other job skills training programs.
Our mission is to provide a vibrant, sustainable, and affordable food business incubator for our region while honoring Dr. Carver’s contributions to agriculture and education.
Our goals in providing this shared-use facility are:
- Provide new and existing entrepreneurs an opportunity to develop and expand their food businesses in a licensed facility;
- Develop a food-based economic engine that will produce jobs, retain local farmland and provide value-added food production;
- Establish a permanent home for our charitable Stone Soup Job Skills Training Program and provide jobs for those it serves;
- Partner with large and small-scale producers, distributors, food banks, agribusinesses, and commercial operations to extend marketing and sales opportunities for facility users.
- Play a pivotal role in anticipating and meeting regional food needs resulting from local and global emergencies, including increased food production for food banks.