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Phase 1 Construction Is Done!

The Carver Food Enterprise Center is a 6,200-square-foot, fully equipped facility that is being built in three phases. The first phase is complete, with the main kitchen opening September 2023.

The kitchen is intended to serve the five-county region of Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange, and Rappahannock by offering services in three separate areas:

(1) As a Food Business Incubator, we will provide inspected, certified, and affordable space and equipment for existing and emerging food business entrepreneurs.

(2) We will provide a permanent home for, and create jobs through, GWCARC’s existing and highly successful Stone Soup Job Skills Training Program.

(3) We will establish a Food System Security Program by providing space and expertise in processing foods and preparing meals that can be distributed to local food banks and food pantries.

The Carver Center is owned and managed by the County of Culpeper and is also home to the Carver 4-County Alumni Museum; the George Washington Carver Agriculture Research Center; the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont; VSU Small Farmers Program; Rapidan Master Gardeners; 4-H; and other job skills training programs.

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