About Our Community
Carver’s Produce® is a farm to community food distributor expanding the tradition of George W. Carver by assisting black & minority food suppliers with product aggregation, sales support, and distribution services. We procure and distribute GFSI certified organic produce & all natural food products to grocery stores, restaurants, community markets, and co-ops in food deserts. We're more than wholesalers; we're a community of brands increasing minority equity in the food supply chain.
Since 2013, we've been on the mission to strengthen our internal supply chain to better our services for our suppliers and customers. Carver's Produce® has become America's one stop shop for purchasing and supporting black owned food products. Our goal is to increase the local and regional purchasing power between ethnic food suppliers and bulk retail buyers. Together, we are transforming how residents heal, empower, and transform communities with wholesome food choices.
IT ALL BEGAN IN TUSKEGEE, ALABAMA
George Washington Carver earns his Master of Agriculture Degree at Iowa State College of Agriculture.
In 1896, Booker T. Washington, Founder, and President of Tuskegee Institute sent a letter of request to hire George Washington Carver to become the Director of Agriculture.
Booker T Washington wrote:
“I cannot offer you money, position or fame,” read this letter. “The first two you have. The last from the position you now occupy you will no doubt achieve. These things I now ask you to give up. I offer you in their place: work – hard work, the task of bringing people from degradation, poverty, and waste to full manhood.”
In 1897, Carver's goal is to help poor black farmers learn to grow more soil-enriching crops after the boll weevil epidemic. Carver invented new crop rotation and soil enrichment experiments on sweet potatoes, peanuts, and soybeans.
Farmers were ecstatic with the large cotton crops resulting from the cotton/peanut rotation but were less enthusiastic about the huge surplus of peanuts that built up and began to rot in local storehouses.
Carver heard the complaints and retired to his laboratory for a solid week, during which he invented several new products that could be produced from peanuts.
In 1906, Tuskegee Cooperative Extension Agent, T.M. Campbell, and Carver design a horse-drawn vehicle called the Jesup Agricultural Wagon, for product demonstrations and distribution.
WORLD WAR I - 1914-1918
During World War I, Carver was asked to assist Henry Ford in producing a peanut-based replacement for rubber. Also during the war, when dyes from Europe became difficult to obtain, he helped the American textile industry by developing more than 30 colors of dye from Alabama soils
AWARDS & HONORS
British Royal Society of Arts
NAACP Spingarn Medal
Honorary Doctorate from Simpson College
In 1920, Carver delivered a speech to the new Peanut Growers Association of America. As a result of this speech, he testified before Congress in 1921 and the tariff was passed in 1922. .
1930 - 40's
In 1935, he was named head of the Division of Plant Mycology and Disease Survey for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
By 1938, largely due to Carver’s influence, peanuts had grown to be a $200-million-per-year crop in the United States and were the chief agricultural product grown.
Although Geroge W. Carver departed on January 5, 1943, his spirit continues to cultivate Mother Earth.
"When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world."
- George W. Carver
The Legacy Continues
2011 - 2012
In 2011, Yasmeen Salaam, was assigned to research agricultural economics while at Tuskegee University. She found the following issues with the food deserts :
Limited access to food increases the risk of contracting diet related illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes.
Communities of color lacked healthy food options due to the current food supply chain narrative.
Lack of certification and aggregation tools for farmers and food suppliers.
Limited sales and marketing support for retailers.
2013 - Present
Since 2013, Carver's Produce has sought to create innovative strategies to encourage communities to "Open the Golden Door of FREEDOM (Agriculture)." Due to our innovative model we were awarded impact investment by Sara Blakely Foundation, Civic Atlanta, and Food Well Alliance. So what's next? Tap the link to find out