Ivy Talk: History of Agriculture in VA

Sunday, February 19 - 2:00 PM

Every month The Ivy Creek Foundation hosts Ivy Talks related to history, conservation, preservation, and natural history. In February, we will host Michael Carter Jr. who will discuss the History of Agriculture in Virginia through an African American lens. This engaging conversation will highlight the good, the bad, and the ugly of agriculture, through laws, trends, and cultural practices but will offer solutions and positive ways and practices toward the future.


Michael Carter Jr. is an 11th-generation farmer in the United States and is the 5th generation to farm on Carter Farms, his family’s century farm in Orange County, Virginia where he gives workshops on how to grow and market ethnic vegetables. In addition, he runs Africulture, a nonprofit dedicated to educating and expounding upon the principles, practices, plants, and people of African descent that has contributed to agriculture. He sits on the board of directors of the Montpelier Descendants Committee, the Virginia Association of Biological Farmers (VABF), the Virginia Food Systems Council, The Center for Natural Capital, Virginia Agrarian Trust, and Virginia Foodshed Capital respectively. He serves as a fellow for the Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation. Michael was recognized as a 2020 Audubon Naturalist Society Taking Nature Black Regional Environmental Champion, the 2020 VSU Small Farm Outreach Agent of the year, and Future Harvest Casa Farmer of the Foodshed for 2021. He acquired an agricultural economics degree from North Carolina A&T State University and has worked in Ghana, Kenya, and Israel as an agronomist and organic agricultural consultant.


He presently consults with numerous governments, organizations, institutions, and individuals throughout the region and nation on food access, food security/insecurity, market outreach, social and economic parity/equity/evaluation programs, racial understanding, immersion, history, and cultural training, among other areas. As a cliometrician, curriculum developer, and program coordinator for his educational, cultural, and vocational platforms, Hen Asem (Our Story) and Africulture, he also teaches and expounds on the contributions of Africans and African Americans to agriculture worldwide and trains students, educators, and professionals in African cultural understanding, racial literacy, empathy, and implicit bias recognition. He happily assists his sons in running their respective businesses, Carter Brothers and Sunnyside Entertainment, when not coaching soccer or mentoring young people in his community.

Event Type
Lecture / Workshop


Ivy Creek Foundation

Date / Time

Sunday, February 19, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


(434) 973-7772
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