The Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia’s land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth.
Understanding that knowledge is power, we place that power in the hands of Virginians and help them learn how to use it to improve the quality of their lives. Our Extension agents and specialists form a network of educators whose classrooms are the communities, homes, and businesses of Virginia, where they bring research-based solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.
Rural Madison is a registered non-profit citizen’s organization dedicated to thoughtful planning and policies for sustainable growth , stewardship of our natural, cultural and historical resources and the protection of the rural character of our region, working to improve the well-being of our people, environment and economy.
Culpeper County owns The Carver Center and without their assistance, the GWCGEC would not be possible. The County has made improvements to the site including removing asbestos, remodeling rooms, new windows and a new well. The County’s support to making The Carver Center active again is evident in their planning to move the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office, Culpeper Unit, to The Carver Center in 2020.
The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission The Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission serves the counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock, and the towns of Culpeper, Gordonsville, Madison, Orange, Remington, The Plains, Warrenton and Washington.
One of 21 regional commissions chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia, we provide professional planning and technical resources, a concerted approach to regional cooperation, planning assistance with program delivery, and a forum for the interaction of appointed and elected local government officials and citizen members.
The Carver-Piedmont Agricultural Institute Established in 1947, this historic site was home to the George Washington Carver Regional High School and served African American students from Culpeper, Greene, Orange, Madison, and Rappahannock counties. The building, now vacant, is owned by Culpeper County. Along with surrounding property, it offers the potential to become a major agricultural center for the region. It is envisioned that the site will ultimately be the home of an agricultural research and development center with a focus on nursery and greenhouse horticulture, row crops and forages. Food and agriculture processing complements the agricultural and educational values which were central to Mr. Carver’s life and legacy. A feasibility study is underway.
The Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont is a grassroots non-profit organization established July 2019 to develop educational hands-on experiential learning opportunities and to promote mentoring programs to minorities, veterans, rural and urban youth.
Our goals include but are not limited to: Increasing the number female farmers, Developing long-term strategies to increase participation in outreach and leadership programs, Assisting in developing community gardens and farm to table projects as a venue to building healthier youth, families and communities and Establishing a youth program with a focus on developing leadership skills and soft skills that are needed for the next generation of farmers.
Since 1966, Rappahannock Goodwill Industries (RGI) has believed in the power of work to change lives. As a social enterprise that offers educational and vocational programs in the communities it serves, RGI prepares people for work, creates jobs, and builds bridges to community employment.
Culpeper Human Services is responsible for the administration and oversight of all local department of social services programs as well as other programs under its umbrella to include: Culpeper Head Start and Early Head Start, Kid Central (before and after school child care and summer camp), Culpeper Cosmetology Training Center, Culpeper Career Resource Center, Families First (a Healthy Families agency), Sam’s Place (community outreach and Information and Referral center), and Full Circle Thrift Store. We work closely with our community partners to help with programs like the Medication Access Program, Hospital Outstationed Medicaid Worker, Mental Health Treatment for Free Clinic patients, Food Closet voucher referrals, Clothing Vouchers, Bus Tokens, Indigent Burials, Utility/Heating Assistance, Emergency Sheltering, Holiday Food/Gift baskets, Angel Trees, SNAP/Community garden and many others.
The Town of Culpeper sees the value in having the GWCFEC in the area. The Town passed a resolution of support in 2017. An excerpt states, “Whereas, infrastructure of this magnitude and importance will strengthen our rich agricultural legacy and contribute significantly to an agriculture-based economic engine for Culpeper and the Region.”
4P Foods is a food hub that works with local and regional farmers to get their produce, meat, dairy, and value-added items to markets. As a mission driven organization, their mission is to create new opportunities for farmers to connect with buyers, while also partnering with food access organizations to ensure equitable access to healthy food for all families.